Barbados Labour Party (BLP) officials have outlined plans for its annual general conference at the end of the month.
At a brief press conference on Saturday, conference planning chairman Kurt Haynes said this year is extra special as it is the 80th anniversary of the BLP’s formation.
He said the BLP is also celebrating the country’s first female Prime Minister Mia Mottley.
“Over the period October 26, 27 and 28 all 30 of our constituency branches, our vibrant associated arms – namely the League of Young Socialists, Women’s League, United Kingdom Branch and New York Branch – will join together for one solid party fellowship,” Haynes said, adding that Mottley exemplifies the legacy left by Sir Grantley Adams.
“Amazingly, in 2018, just like in 1938, our current leader Mia Mottley continues to mirror the example and the legacy set by our founding father so long ago. History does have a way of repeating itself. We were always blessed with good leaders,” he said.
Haynes also noted that they will be awarding faithful supporters for their contributions to the party from its inception.
“On this special night, we also recognize persons who are non-members. These men and women [who made] incredible contributions to our nation and this year is no different. We acknowledge the awardees in the area of sport, youth, and culture. This year we have expanded and added environmental protection and education,” he said.
The conference planning chairman also noted that Barbados is at a crossroads.
“One sign pointed down the road to total economic depression, to waste, bankrupt ideas and corruption in government. The other sign pointed towards a road that leads us to new ideas, bold initiatives and fresh thinking about our nation’s problems,” he said.
“It leads Barbados to an honest and intelligent approach to what is needed. It points to social injustice. It points to new horizons in economic development. It points to the restoration of the principles of integrity and pride in the administration of government and good governance in our country. It points to opportunity and returned prosperity after a period of adjustment. We shall not fail you.”
The conference is set to begin on Friday, October 26 at The Lodge School where the 80th-anniversary booklet which is being prepared by Davidson Ishmael, will be released. (LG)