St George is seeking to inculcate a culture of enterprise among its parishioners. Parish Ambassadors Shannon Leacock and Kamal Lorde launched their project Growing St George Through Entrepreneurship at the St George Parish Church last night with Minister of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce, Dwight Sutherland and St George North Member of Parliament Gline Clarke.
Delivering the feature address, Minister Sutherland outlined his commitment to developing the economic landscape within the parish with enterprise and innovation.
“My commitment is to provide focused leadership in the effort to transform the socio-economic landscape of St George, and by extension wider Barbados, by creating an environment where entrepreneurship is given ‘front burner’ status and all relevant stakeholders are allowed to make a meaningful contribution in the pursuance of such,” Sutherland said.
He called on the private sector within the parish to give back to the community enterprises and provide educational opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs.
“We need you to sponsor our entrepreneurial endeavours, mentor our young people and provide internships to those persons,” Sutherland said.
“We need to re-look the whole concept of ‘cooperative’ approach to business since trying to do it alone can be more challenging than working together,” he continued.
The Minister went on to reveal his intentions to capitalise and further develop the island’s agri-business sector, noting that agri-business and entrepreneurship were viable alternatives for job creation.
“Agriculture can no longer be viewed as the remit of those who have not succeeded academically but rather strategic niches within this very important sector to national development must be carved out to advance the plight of our bright young men and women of St George.”
Also endorsing the project conceptualized by the Parish Ambassadors, Clarke revealed that the parish possessed a large number of small and micro enterprises.
He called for the youth to capitalize on being self-employed and self-sufficient from an early age.
“Entrepreneurship involves savings and investments, people must be taught to save and to invest and if we teach children to save their money at the primary level and tertiary level, I believe it will go a long way,” Clarke said.
“It is important for the community and it is important for us to get young people involved in business at a very young age,” he added.