In her 2018 Christmas Message, Prime Minister Mia Mottley has assured retrenched workers their sacrifices are not in vain and new opportunities for employment will be made available.
PM Mottley said her government has taken the approach of confronting head-on the challenges the country faces. Although some decisions, such as the one taken to layoff over 1,000 public servants, may seem "harsh and unpleasant” they are necessary for the health of the nation.
“Our country shall forever owe you [retrenched workers] a debt of gratitude. I want you to make use of the opportunities that have been offered to you, whether it is retraining for new job prospects or starting your own businesses or even accessing land because we are going to make sure that we create a framework in which you can support yourselves and your families.”
PM Mottley said while Barbadians continue to hold fast to traditions which have made the nation strong, it must be recognized that change is necessary to be able to adapt and move forward with the rest of the world.
“We need to open our minds to embrace those opportunities that the world offers us, recognizing that the way in which it has always been done, may not be there for us.”
She urged Barbadians to be patient and tolerant with the new government, noting that “Rome was never built in a day”.
“There are sure signs for us of our resilience and our determination in the last six and a half months that has caused confidence to return to our people because we believe that we can propel Barbados to a place of prominence internationally.”
She said government has marked the year 2020 as an opportunity for all Barbadians, at home and abroad, to contribute to and refine a “more perfect vision” for the nation.
The “monumental” event, Mottley explained, is dubbed The Gathering 2020 and will showcase traditional sports, music, food, other social activities, as well as opportunities for business for all Barbadians.
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