Leader of the Opposition Bishop Joseph Atherley today announced economist Crystal Drakes as his second pick for the Senate.
Atherley made the announcement during a press conference at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition at the Parliament Building.
Drakes currently works at the University of West Indies, Cave Hill, at the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies.
She was formerly employed with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Commonwealth and is also the Director of BlueGreen Initiative Barbados.
“I believe that given my background that I will provide an objective and critical eye to the matters and proceedings to the Upper House in Barbados,” said the newly appointed Senator.
With Government currently engaged in talks with the International Monetary Fund, Drakes said that she hopes to contribute to the robust discussion about the country’s future development.
“We have had challenges in the past but I think we are at a place where we can have a healthy debate going forward and it will be my privilege to have an opinion and a voice to the Government that allows for the development on this country,” she said.
“We will probably have to make some sacrifices but I think persons that have come before us in this country have made sacrifices to allow us to have the lifestyle and standard of living that we currently have and it would be a disservice as Barbadians not to make that same sacrifice for the future generations of this country,” she added.
Last Saturday Bishop Atherley announced respected trade unionist Caswell Franklyn as his first pick for the Senate.
Franklyn has since taken the Oath of Allegiance before Governor General Dame Sandra Mason.