Tuesday 18 February, 2020

Law coming soon: Faster liquor licences due to digital platform

With some questioning how the Ministry of Innovation intends to reduce the wait-time for a liquor licence to one week, the Minister in charge has answered the critics.

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Dwight Sutherland, the Small Business Minister, commended the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology for its role in the mapping process, noting the remodeling of the licensing administration would mean that from application to approval process it should now take seven days, as Government would be utilising an information communication telecommunications platform to ensure “business is indeed done more efficiently”.

He explained that with the repeal and replacement of legislation, the seven-day process and the use of a digital platform, significant ease would be afforded to these micro, small and medium-sized businesses, currently frustrated by the system.

Elaborating further, the Minister was pleased to announce:

“So, you can apply online via credit card and you can apply online and if you don’t have a credit card, we have set up the facility at the post offices throughout Barbados so you can go and pay.

“And, once you pay, then you journey to the Ministry of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce, where we have an arm called the Liquor Licence Authority and I am speaking assuming that this legislation would come to book very soon.”

Last week Friday, a consultation was held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre to discuss the way forward for liquor licences in Barbados.

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