Tuesday 15 October, 2019

PM Mottley: A ‘brighter Barbados’ on the horizon

Many Barbadians braved heavy rains to witness this year’s Independence Ceremonial Parade at the Kensington Oval.  

Over 950 armed and unarmed troops participated in the parade which featured, for the first time, the pinning of badges on Head Boys and Girls from schools across the island.  

In delivering the National Address, Prime Minister Mia Mottley urged Barbadians to be grateful for the “showers of blessings and the sunshine” which symbolize the skies opening up for a brighter tomorrow.  

Mottley said despite the country’s size and tribulations it has experienced in the past, Barbados has and will always recover.   

“When Kofi Annan said that we punch above our weight, he said it cognizant that that too was the representation our leaders wanted of us … we have come to Kensington Oval today to say to the world and to Barbadians that we too shall punch above our weight again.” 

She said the goal is for the country to become a global hub, noting that “our voice adds value to global humanity”.  

Speaking directly to the young ones in attendance, Mottley said these ones must be the leaders to carry the nation forward and she assured the government will take steps to secure their future by offering opportunities to learn a new language, learn to swim and be exposed to sporting and entrepreneurial activities.  

Mottley said the goal of a “brighter Barbados” will come to fruition by the year 2020, at which time all Barbadians, at home and abroad, will gather to celebrate and all will know that: 

“Barbados is back, Barbados is here to once again punch above its weight.”

 

Independence Parade 2018

 

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