Barbados is celebrating its 53rd anniversary of political independence from Britain on Saturday, with the traditional military parade, honouring deserving nationals and differing positions from the main political leaders on the island’s present and future achievements.
Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, in her message, noted that Barbados has once again started punching above its weight, as it has been able to effectively implement measures that would improve the socio-economic environment.
But Opposition Leader, Bishop Joseph J.S. Atherley, said that are a few “significant and enduring challenges” which Barbadians must face up to as a nation.
“Simply put, the economy of Barbados, at the end of November 2019 – is on the right track.”— Mia Mottley
Mottley told Barbadians that the island’s financial indicators have all shown significant improvements and that the “approach we have taken to the management of our economic affairs has been commended at home and abroad, and is already bearing fruit.”
She added: “Simply put, the economy of Barbados, at the end of November 2019 – is on the right track; moving, in the right direction. Our preparations for a significant number of investment and development projects are now well under way, and we are confident that when the New Year opens, we will see the beginning of a transformation that will touch just about every aspect of our daily lives.”
She said that in the coming months Barbadians will see further evidence of the new paradigm that would lead to an improved capital and a guarantee “that we can leave for our children a Barbados that is better, and not just economically richer”.
But she urged all citizens to play their role in ensuring the development “that, when totalled, will outstrip any injection from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) or any private investor.