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Andy Armstrong spills the beans about corruption and fraud

“Bravo Bravo, and again Bravo to Barbados Chamber of Commerce President”

by BFP reader “C7”

photo courtesy of The Bajan Reporter

The front page of last Wednesday’s Barbados Advocate stated BDS$566 million in fraud annually in Barbados. And on page 7 we saw a photo of Andy Armstrong in pensive mood, and repeating what William Layne said earlier: ‘you tend to get the most corruption and fraud where the public sector and the private sector intersect.’

You will notice, perhaps, the careful choice of the two words, “Public Sector”.

Well it was astounding to hear the president of the BCCI spill the beans – not that many of us were not already fully aware of the corruption.

We hope a lot more will be made of this brave Andyian submission. If will be interesting to see what the government block responds. Probably nothing will be heard and members of the press don’t have the courage to ask.

With no Integrity Legislation or Freedom of Information laws in Barbados, the corruption between the private sector and the government sector will continue. It must be horrendously bad for the President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce to mention it yet again.

Editor’s note: We ask our readers to head over to the Barbados Advocate to read their original article as it’s only fair. The link appears in our story above. Unfortunately the Barbados Advocate has a record of changing history by erasing or modifying their articles and news archives, so we have to print their entire article here to support our own article… Continue reading

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Two women at the helm of Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry – Is that better than two men? Worse? Same?

First Female Executive Director for Chamber to assume duties January 2010

Lisa Gale is new BCCI Executive Director

The Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry is pleased to announce that Mrs. Lisa Gale will assume the responsibilities of Executive Director as of Monday 1st January 2010. Mrs. Gale is the first female Director in the history of the Chamber.

Having a wealth of experience in Economics and International Trade, Mrs. Gale’s prior immediate post was Senior Economist in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, where she advised Government on International Trade Policy for 8 years. This involved among other duties, interacting with CARICOM and other regional organisations, as well as preparing trade reports, briefs, Cabinet Papers and statistics. She also liaised with the public as it relates to International Trade matters – all of which suit the challenges of leading Barbados’ oldest Non-Governmental Organisation.

Madame President Glenda Medford observed that since both the Chamber’s President and Executive Director are ladies – as BCCI enters a new decade and era, the helm will benefit from ‘the feminine touch.’

Lisa Gale is a Combermerian who also received training at both the Cave Hill and Mona campuses of UWI, as well as graduating with Distinction from the College of International Broadcasting (Barbados). For three years she also tutored Micro-Economics at the University of the West Indies.

The Executive Director says she looks forward to ‘hit the ground running’ and implementing her mandate to carry the Chamber forward into the next decade. Mrs. Gale holds a bachelors degree in 
Economics and a Masters in International Trade Policy and has benefitted from a plethora of training courses organized by the World Trade Organization.

That’s the BCCI Press Release Above – Now for a Reality Check

BCCI President Glenda Medford

If a CV and experience are the sole qualities necessary for running any organisation, then President Glenda Medford and Executive Director Lisa Gale should be successful at the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Both are qualified on paper.

But as we’ve seen time and time again in other organisations, paper qualifications are no substitute for the dynamic leadership necessary to make things happen. The education and technical skills are a necessary foundation, but unless “Capital L” LEADERSHIP is there no progress will be made.

The first question is: Can the BCCI make a real difference to our faltering financial and tourism sectors that are the very heart of our country’s economy?

We at Barbados Free Press aren’t sure that having “the feminine touch” or “a man’s hand” has anything to do with making the BCCI useful to Barbados and the Barbados business community.

Okay, ladies – we’ll have a day or two of celebration about an all-female leadership team at BCCI, but then let’s talk performance.

And please appreciate that we’re happy to see more of our sisters, wives, mothers and daughters actively taking leadership roles in Barbados (and that for BCCI like everyone, there is no such thing as bad publicity.)

But January 2nd is coming and then it will be time to get back to work. BCCI’s leadership team might want to consider the following questions that are on every business person’s mind when they hear “BCCI” – even if they are too polite to ask the questions directly…

What is the mission statement of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry?

Is the mission of the BCCI still valid? Does the mission need changing?

Is BCCI fulfilling its mission? How do we know that BCCI is fulfilling its mission?

What can the BCCI do to improve my business and my profit?

How do we measure BCCI’s performance and impact upon our economy and upon my business?

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Working Together: Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Barbados Youth Business Trust

The Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) has just signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT). This MOU will serve to streamline networking plans and events between the BCCI and BYBT, who share a common mandate.

BYBT is a 12 year old NGO youth entrepreneurship development organisation. The Trust is a registered charity helping young men and women, ages 18-35, who are unable to get start-up capital from existing commercial institutions, friends and families. The BYBT focuses on start-up loan capital, business mentoring, business affiliated grants and ongoing and consistent business and social support.

The Chamber is one of Barbados’ oldest NGO’s, a voluntary non-profit organisation with over 200 companies counted in its membership. It is the focal point for companies and businesses to network and improve cooperation – and provides one strong voice to raise members’ concerns with government and the public.

This article was adapted from a Press Release received from the Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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