Wednesday 5 August, 2020

PM Mottley announces Barbados Welcome Stamp initiative

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Government will soon be introducing a 12-month programme under the branding of the Barbados Welcome Stamp to allow visitors the option to work remotely from Barbados for a period of up to one year at a time.

Barbados is rolling out the proverbial welcome mat to entice non-nationals to come to the island once commercial flights resume in 10 days.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley made this disclosure during the official reopening of Primo Bar and Bistro in St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church, on June 30, according to the Government Information Service.

 

In explaining the Welcome Stamp, PM Mottley stated that while it was in the process of being refined for promotion, it would allow “persons to come and work from here overseas, digitally so, so that persons don’t need to remain in the countries in which they are”.  

“You don’t need to work in Europe, or the US or Latin America if you can come here and work for a couple months at a time, go back and come back. But in order for those things to truly resonate, what does it mean? It means that what we offer has to be world-class and what we continue to offer is world-class,” she stated.

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One of the things the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted was that short-term travel would be more difficult because of the testing. She also reminded that as this point, rapid testing is not reliably available and so Barbados still uses the PCR tests which are more accurate and results are next-day.

Continuing, she told the new restaurant owners:

“The Government is committed to working with you on the promotion of new concepts like the 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp, being able to open our borders to persons travelling and making it as hospitable as ever for all of us, and making it available for Barbadians from every walk of life to believe that for special occasions, or just for so, that they can come out and be a part of this wonderful exercise.”

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In building an inclusive society PM Mottley posited that there has to be something in it for everyone and the work done by Government was not only limited to the restaurant sector alone. It also involved working with communities to be able to get the best out of them.

“If the first tourist is a Bajan, then they must equally, also be the first promoter and the first protector,” the PM stated.

“On Friday, we walked through this entire [St Lawrence Gap]. I go back this weekend to meet not just the business people, but the residents in the environs of this Gap. We are doing the same with Baxters Road; we are going to do the same thing with Oistins; and we are going to do the same thing with Holetown and Speightstown. Why? The people who must keep these towns alive are not just those who come from overseas, as we are learning with COVID, but those who live here and who have a responsibility to make sure that this is the best that can be offered in this part of the world,” Prime Minister Mottley said.

The new owners of Primo Bar and Bistro were commended by the PM for reopening the restaurant after its unexpected closure earlier this year.

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