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Industry still vibrant
The manufacturing industry in Barbados is alive and well!
This was the assurance given by Minister of Industry, Small Business Development and Rural Development, Denis Kellman, yesterday when he joined the Barbados Manufacturers’ Association (BMA) to honour the contribution of Sir Branford Taitt to the sector.
According to him, the impression given that manufacturing is dead is an impression that somebody, someday should pay for.
“I want to say that Barbados is a brand, and the products we make in Barbados are all brands. You would be glad to hear that Banks beer, if done the right way, will replace sugar in terms of earning foreign exchange for Barbados presently,” he asserted.
The Minister went on to acknowledge that the biggest problem facing the manufacturing sector in this country is the recognition that is provides wages and salaries for the workers, revenue for the owners and that most importantly, it will provide foreign exchange for the country.
“With a relationship like that we must recognise that all three must work together. The same thing that Sir Branford did in the 1970’s, we now have to look to bring back. When he brought industry, he brought industry for people to get jobs, for the companies to make money and the country to get foreign exchange. We are now back there.”
“Do not mind all the economic predictions; we have it right. My ministry has recognised that capacity is what we have to deliver. That is why in the condiment, furniture, garment and all the other industries, we must position the manufacturers to be on the cutting edge of technology and to ensure that we build plants to suit the demands in the world,” Kellman said. (TL)