Sound the Alarms: A call for Bajans to reclaim our nation & our industry

Where has Bim’s “Pride and Industry” run off to?

by Brudah-Bim

There was a post at BFP written by the good sir Mr. Caleale Goodridge, and he made a good attempt at mapping out how Barbados can structurally overhaul its economy through productive industries such as manufacturing agriculture, and by owning domestic corporations. To be honest, Bim’s economy as well as her bureaucratic and political systems should have been restructured a long time ago. With all the “education” and “leadership in competence” we boast of here in Bim, the nation would have already been well on its way to achieving a standard of living reminiscent to that of Luxembourg, New Zealand, and Iceland combined!

“What doesn’t help our situation either is that there is an over-saturation of other economies within the Caribbean market that are avidly competing with Barbados in two of her major economic platforms; tourism and offshore banking.”

If we had truly competent leaders, the nation would have no external debt and we would have quite the substantial Budget surplus by now. Had we politicians that scrutinized and closely oversaw the sectors that are essential to our nation’s economy through preemptive and strategic means that could have enabled mutual flexibility on part of domestic and foreign markets is a plan long overdue to the people of Bim.

We must be more than tourism and banking… but that takes a different leadership vision

In other words the Government of Barbados should have pushed to establish the nation’s economy through heavy emphasis on the domestic such as through agriculture, fisheries, and strategic tech & luxury brand manufacturing, private/business assembly and aerospace manufacturing, renewable energy, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, ICT technologies and domestic brand/owned tourism as well as building domestic owned finance/institutions.

Had we done so, coupled along with forging strategic diplomatic ties with key regional members in both the Caribbean and Latin America should be Bim’s first priority.

We’re bordered by the Caribbean region, Central America, And South America, and Mexico to a lesser extent. Not to Mention that Africa is right across the Atlantic and offers yet another large source of wealth and mutual business opportunities for Barbados.

What this article fundamentally gets at is that there seems to be an increasingly corrupt and exploitative relationship between Bim vs. America, Canada, & the U.K. when it comes to Bim trying to establish truly beneficial trade and economic agreements. However, that cannot be sustained as these economies are showing signs of growing mature thus equating to low market growth.

Hell, if we had a government that was truly competent and aware of what needs to be done; we Bajans would also see a massive overhaul in our education system and will see the inclusion and emphasis on the mathematics and sciences as well as through key languages such as Spanish, French, Portuguese, and even German to a lesser extent.

That is, since you take peoples arguments at face value and don’t even bother to make a determination that would prove otherwise. Other than that, you’re just a tool that regurgitates nonsense and is blindly fixated on the idea the tourism industry is currently a sustainable one for Barbados. What doesn’t help our situation either is that there is an over-saturation of other economies within the Caribbean market that are avidly competing with Barbados in two of her major economic platforms; tourism and offshore banking. Not to mention that the global financial woes that’s gripping the global economy is also placing a highly pressurized strain on our economy.

Look at the facts my fellow Bajans: it’s time that Barbados started acting in her own favour for a change in order to safeguard her economic future. This doesn’t equate to not being able to be flexible by making proper provisions to accommodate the global market without having to needlessly sacrifice our nation’s economic capacities.


Filed under Agriculture, Barbados, Economy

8 responses to “Sound the Alarms: A call for Bajans to reclaim our nation & our industry

  1. Peltdownman

    Look, it’s like this. Over the past 15 years, Barbados’ so-called prosperity has been based solely on our selling of land to foreigners, and looking after other people’s money. Barbados is a “do-nothing” country. The level of inertia in both government and the public service is staggering. The country is dominated by party politics, which itself has nothing to do with the betterment of ordinary citizens, but is based on who can pocket the most out of what is available. The list of matters on which no action has been taken by either party when in government is endless, and it cannot only be put down to indolence. It has to be because vested interests are at stake. I would be happy for someone to give me another explanation.

    20 years ago, we had everything going for us and we blew it. Of course more emphasis on manufacturing and agriculture would have helped stave off some of the problems that we have now. But it was too easy to sell land, especially on the beach, and comments from visitors who claim that they will not come back often refer to the lack of sea views. Hindsight can be 20/20, but with so little agricultural land left (check the Google Earth picture of Barbados), the way forward will be very difficult. Hi-tech manufacturing is a great idea, but our educational system is not geared to man it, and we need venture capitalists and a legal system than can accommodate these industries quickly. It will never happen. It’s over for the way of life that we have become accustomed to. Live with it.


    1. Over the past 15 years, Barbados’ so-called prosperity has been based solely on our selling of land to foreigners, and looking after other =AGREE
    WHOS LAND DID THEY SELL? Answer Beatrice Henry to Violet Beckels
    2 .20 years ago, we had everything going for us and we blew it.=AGREE
    UNTIL The massive Fraud began. SIr Cheltenham , CO Williams, AG/CJ SImmons

    THE land is the key , Follow the land deeds and see all things,
    BLP and the DLP all in this , Until BFP do a heading on Plantations deeds to see the fraud money road.Lets see what others know out there in the World. Most who knew got VISA and went to the States .The new born know nothing, and they dont teach this in the schools

  3. Bill Gibson

    Sorry when I ask “what nation, what industry”?

    Even the “face of Barbados” does not look like a black Bajan.
    “RIHANNA has signed a three-year deal to become the face of Barbados.”

  4. runner

    “Even the “face of Barbados” does not look like a black Bajan”… and therin lies the answer : ignorant, racist and just backwards .. so you now wonder how we can’t move forward ? read : mental slavery

  5. Observer

    Just amazed that this sh*t about race is still going on here. Look in the mirror! The darkest skin on this island looks white compared to the people of Africa! Christ Almighty, some people are so chained in their minds. You want someone to blame for your present circumstances? Look in the f’ing mirror!

    Black politicians and lawyers have been in charge of selling this island for almost 50 years and all they have done is to line their own pockets while killing entrepreneurship through the handing out of government freebies.


  6. Bajan

    Listen Bajans!

    You knew that when this tourism thing started that you will lose out to people with money but ALL the islands entertained that idea, and your all in the same boat because of it. I just saw the candidate for one of your political parties and all you can do is point at Rihanna. The sell of of land instead of renting it was always dumb, all your forebears toiled and died on it, saved and worked tirelessy for it but we have a generation of idiots who didn’t appreciate that so now your complaining.

    Vote for a native Bajan and if that doesn’t work put one there anyway to give them grief and keep an eye on everything they propose and inform the people – that,s how its done. Everybody that comes there with money thinks they can do and say as they please and take advantage of our hospitality, maybe if we showed them more hostility they would be the ones complaining.

    Do you see all the economies of Europe, these same people where you are can’t go back there because they ruined their economies with the same thing, drinking, dancing and livin’ it up while the natural, native people wait on them hand and foot – just like slavery, except now they pay you pittence and bark their commands with a smile and a gentle voice so you wouldn’t notice the same nasty system.

    For many decades our islands have been lashed with hurricane and individuals have had to borrow to get themselves back on their feet, which add to the national debt, its a bottomless pit. One hurricane can wipe away everything, thats how precarious your lives are!
    The biggest problem is that education that your getting that took you away from your traditional values and mindset in favour of one where the rules keep changing and the best of you can’t keep up.

    There is a economic crisis all over, some islands have artists and athletes going round promoting their island and getting money for what they do from others, thats one source, The other source is to invest in family abroad with business so some will feed back to the island and families. Bajans must have something that specific to bajans that they can promote abroad, so that us in foriegn lands can buy apart from music.

    Many of the older generation have sent remittences (money home) for years, so i want to know where it has all gone. Food is expensive, and just like in Engalnd Taxes – on everything! All these things need to be looked at in terms of the longterm,native Bajans who have been there for generations.

    Expenses fraud in England, bankers and politicians ripping our people off up here and we came as part of their war effort to clean up dungeon Britain, especially as nurses to prop up the health system after the war.

    Tax all foriegn nationals to the hilt, because this is what they did to us for generations here in Britain without paying any themselves!!!!
    The ones that come here now are coming wioth some bad debts and looking for a woman with benefits to help them – they better not bother because we know that scam.

  7. Brudah-Bim

    I concur with Bajan. The first thing the government should have done is create a centralized housing body (ie. a national housing corporation) that rented and leased our land to foreigners for top dollar, especially beach fronts. The other issue that I am getting from all the talk about race, is that the people of Bim are feeling incredibly alienated due to the country’s demography changing at a rate that is unsettling. With the new intake of jet loads of immigrants with money and migrants looking for business opportunities, Bajans are very keen to note that the face of Barbados is changing rapidly with our currently Nationality laws. People can practically purchase citizenship should they choose. THAT is a HUGE INJUSTICE to the people, as the problem essentially lies in the fact that these newcomers aren’t contributing to our nation’s real GDP growth (AS THE FLAT LINING OF OUR STOCK EXCHANGE SHOWS).

    That said, here is what I prescribe for a more stringent nationality law:
    [BIRTH RITE] – Bajan citizenship will follow the Jus Sanguinis precedent in that Bajan citizenship WILL NOT be granted on the basis of birth within the country, but rather through at least one parental link (regardless if it maybe maternal or paternal).

    [Naturalization Process] – Eligibility for Bajan citizenship through naturalization can be achieved after following a series of steps. The Government of Barbados reserves the right to automatically deny applicants the right to citizenship if found to have any records of a criminal history. The naturalization process could be broken down in three blocks; Worker’s Status, Permanent Resident, and Citizenship Exam:

    ~GUEST WORKER STATUS: Applicants for citizenship must enter the country on a work visa, or “guest worker” status and must be able to provide evidence that they have an already established Employer’s connection to sustain a livelihood. Guest Worker visas expire on an annual basis, and can be automatically updated for FREE if a CARICOM resident. All other parties are expected to pay a standard flat-rate fee for a 5 year worker’s Visa.

    ~PERMANENT RESIDENT: To qualify as a permanent resident, parties are expected to have resided in Barbados under “Guest Worker’s” status for a total of at least 10 YEARS before being eligible for P.R. status. Parties are also expected to provide records indicating that they paid their taxes, had an established employer’s connection, and they are also expected to have evidence of being able to pay debts as well as rent-bills.

    Permanent Residency has three classifications with context to a “Three Star System”. A “Single Star” Resident has successfully fulfilled all qualifications needed to qualify for P.R. Status but does not own any land, assets or significant bonds in Barbados; nor do they have a Bajan citizen as a spouse and/or children with that spouse. A “Double Star” resident has successfully completed all necessary qualifications; is a Spouse of a Bajan citizen and/or has children with a Bajan citizen, but does own property or assets in Barbados. A “Triple Star” resident has successfully completed all necessary qualifications; May or may not have a Bajan citizen as a Spouse, and owns property, assets, and significant bonds/stocks within Barbados. A “Triple Star” resident also has the opportunity to vote though only on a COMMUNAL/COMMUNITY level affairs (not Parish or National affairs).

    ~CITIZENSHIP EXAM: To qualify for the citizenship exam, applicants must be a Permanent Resident of Barbados approximately 8-9 YEARS (as well as submit the appropriate proof of residence as a guest worker, employment, and tax payments) before being qualified to take the exam. Applicants are subject to a background-screening and are subject to paying a standardized fee before being able to take the exam. The exam will measure the Applicant’s ability and capacity to converse and articulate themselves in English as well as test their extensive knowledge of Bajan history, culture, Government, politics, economy, and society.

    Applicants who fail the exam are subject to a 5-year waiting period and are subject to a re-processing of a background check before being eligible to re-take the exam.

    [Marriage] – Citizenship isn’t given immediately after marriage to a Bajan citizen. Rather, the spouse of a non-citizen is automatically eligible for a “Double Star” Permanent Residency Status. Parties must be able to provide proof that they have been married to as well as own assets and have lived with a Bajan citizen for a total of 12 YEARS. Divorce or Separation from a citizen during or after the 12 year duration will result in the automatic revocation of citizenship (but not residency status if children are born to a Bajan citizen).

  8. Brudah-Bim

    I think that if we want more people to come to BIM we should at least lay out incentives for our diaspora that lives abroad to return back to Bim FIRST! Bim’s population would double with the sheer size of the entire diaspora returning home, but we must first hold our politicians accountable in getting our POLITICAL SCOPE and ECONOMY as well as having our EDUCATION SYSTEM completely revamped and back on track.

    Engaging the diaspora should be our first priority, and we should should do so smartly with creating incentives through training and educating them when they arrive for the industry platforms the nation SHOULD be vying for. This would put less of a strain upon our society for they are BAJAN and there won’t be any distrust amongst the people for they look the same and speak the same language. It won’t cost NEARLY AS MUCH by continuing to accommodate these immigrants who come to Bim and don’t really contribute anything to our nation’s progression.