Saturday 23 March, 2019

Enough accountants! International Business sector needs other skills

Derrick Cummins, 1st VP of BIBA, is organizing the activities for International Business Week.

Derrick Cummins, 1st VP of BIBA, is organizing the activities for International Business Week.

The International Business sector in Barbados could benefit from more diversification, but not just in terms of products and services, but also skill sets.

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This point was made by Derrick Cummins, 1st Vice President of the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) during the ceremony to launch Barbados International Business Week.

Gearing up for the Secondary Schools’ Symposium on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, themed ‘Charting a New Course’, and the Career Showcase on the Guild Lawn, University of West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill, on Wednesday, October 24, Cummins said that these are great opportunities for students to learn the demands of the sector.

He told Loop News:

“When the question on diversification came up [during the Q&A], I also wanted to say and diversification in our skillset.

“There’s technology, coding – right now coding or you’ll be left behind; there is [are] languages. We are on the Latin coast practically, so Spanish primarily, but languages for sure. And [we need people in] sales and marketing, the ability to promote yourself, but also promote products and services. Those are the main ones.”

Moreover, he expressed, “We’ve done fantastic at accountants, investment managers, [and] lawyers,” but he continued to reiterate the immense need for “the IT stuff, the coding, the platform development, that is critical!”

And he added that though they are seeing growing interest in the area of Actuarial Science, the sector has room for more persons advancing themselves in this field.

 

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