Africa – Barbados Relations
For years, Barbados as a country has supported the Pan African movement on the island and in Africa itself — admittedly less so since the death of Ikael Tafari — but the political and social will to do so continues even if Barbadians do not have deep pockets at the present moment. Unfortunately, to date our intergovernmental and business relations with Africa have only borne fruit of non-viable pie in the sky and a tourism scam gone horribly wrong.
Before we continue further down our current path, anyone in Barbados who has anything to do with Africa is well advised to consider the ideas and passion of Ghanaian economist George Ayittey and author Dambisa Moyo. Moyo wrote “Dead Aid: Why aid is not working and how there is a better way for Africa”.
Most disturbing though, are Ayittey’s and Moyo’s observations that African countries that reject international aid do far better than those countries that embrace the foreign aid model. Ayittey has also championed the argument that “Africa is poor because she is not free”, that the primary cause of African poverty is less a result of the oppression and mismanagement by colonial powers, but rather a result of modern oppressive native autocrats. He also goes beyond criticism to advocate for specific ways to address the abuses of the past and present; specifically he calls for democratic government, debt reexamination, modernized infrastructure, free market economics, and free trade to promote development.*
Defeating The Mentality Of Barbados As A Beggar Nation
All this makes one have thoughts about the rejoicing that goes on around Barbados [ at least by the politicians and media ] every time some new “gifts” arrive from China, the United States or Cuba. Don’t forget folks, we live in a country where the newspapers and the government seem to think it’s a huge accomplishment when the big boys deal Barbados another loan and plunge us further into debt. The newspapers celebrate every time the government receives another 5 million from the Caribbean Development Bank like it is an asset instead of a liability for the future.
Can anyone tell us what the last $10 million European Union sugar grant to Barbados was used for? Can anyone point to a benefit or a national asset that resulted from the $10 million?
Come on BLP and DLP supporters — where did the money go? Tell us what benefit resulted for the country!
Maybe Africa isn’t as far away as some might think.
Ted Blog: George Ayittey on “Dead Aid”
Africa Unchained Blog: Issues and solutions raised by George Ayittey’s latest book ‘Africa Unchained’.
* These two sentences were lifted from the Wikipedia entry for George Ayittey. Everything else is original BFP material.