To complaints from the business community about the long bureaucratic processes standing in the way of getting business done – your Government is listening and will begin to change the way it does business “in six months”, says the Minister for business.
“We recognize that Barbados is now 120th out of 197 countries when it comes to “ease of doing business”, but you can expect a transformation within the next six months, said Minister of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce Dwight Sutherland.
“We are starting the process with an E-Cabinet, where all Cabinet papers and other documents will be fully digitized, and we will be bringing this to Parliament in January,” the Minister told the annual general meeting of the Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC) chapter here.
Sutherland noted that under his predecessor, Donville Inniss, the Ministry of Commerce had set up competitive action teams to improve efficiency in the Town and Country Planning Department, Barbados Revenue Authority and the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (CAIPO).
He added that Prime Minister Mia Mottley “has also instructed her ministers to go out into the field and examine where work could be done more efficiently in the departments and agencies coming under our watch”.
Among other changes, Government is proposing to “decriminalize vending” and make the process of getting an entertainment licence “a civil process rather than a judicial one.
“Presently, you have to go to court, as well as to the police and the Ministry of Health before you can obtain one of these, but the new system will be fully online, and while you will still need the health certificate, it will no longer involve the police or the courts. We also want licences from Customs and other departments to be approved in at least two or three days,” he concluded.