Wednesday 19 June, 2019

PM: Barbados is being impacted, challenged by external forces

Barbados' Grantley Adams International Airport has kiosks to self-check

Barbados' Grantley Adams International Airport has kiosks to self-check

In light of the arrival of new investment in the form of Kooyman Barbados and the most recent decision by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ground Boeing 737 Max 8s, the Leader of Barbados is reminding Barbadians that the country is facing challenges not of its own making and beyond its control in some spheres.

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At a press launch recently, ahead of today's Budget, the Prime Minister Mia Mottley called on Barbados to see what is going on around our beautiful island:

"The world in which we live is truly one interconnect space. We face now more than ever challenges that are external to Barbados over which we have minimal control and influence, but which stand to affect us in fundamental ways."

The Prime Minister that beyond the cancellation of the one American Airlines flight when the FAA grounded the Boeing 737s, that there may be more long-term repercussions, despite American Airlines seeking to find workarounds to accommodate its travellers

She said:

"That will on necessity impact on us, because American Airlines, which flies out of Miami three times daily and out of Charlotte, has as you know, 23 of those aircraft among its fleet."

 

But that's not all, she said that the world still does not view the islands of the Caribbean individually but still view the chain as one unit at times. This means that collective and collaborative strategies must be fostered.

"Similarly, I have spent much time over the course of the last two, three months trying to do shuttle diplomacy along with colleagues within CARICOM recognising that if we were to have a war or military incursion in the Southern Caribbean it would affect all of us, us in Barbados, in Trinidad, Grenada, Aruba, Curacao, all of us, because people don't see the individual territories regrettably. They see the region. And to that extent, at all costs, at all costs, we have to avert at worst military incursion and similarly the kind of humanitarian crisis that evolves. 

"And we've had to do it without taking sides because we are not Venezuelan and that is a matter for Venezuelan people."

Barbados Leader assured, first and foremost, "we have had to maintain that we are neither pro nor anti-government or opposition, but we are pro-CARICOM and pro-Barbados."

She did not speak to the most recent European Union (EU) blacklisting specifically at the time, but instead added that, "Similarly we've had to watch on as others take actions unilaterally in some instances against us."

Today, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, is Budget Day in Barbados. It is scheduled for a 3:30 pm start.

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