Straughn: Be more productive

Barbadians need to be more productive if the economy is to grow in a post COVID-19 environment.

Yesterday, Minister in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs Ryan Straughn in his response to the Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals announced on Monday, said there must also be a focus on exporting goods and services.

Despite the global uncertainty owing to the Ukraine-Russia war, he made it clear he expects Government will replace the activity that was lost because of COVID and a return to the levels that obtained at the end of 2019. Furthermore, he told the House of Assembly during debate on the Budget that living with COVID means the decisions each person will make in his/her daily lives will matter.

“I want the public to understand that what I refer to when I talk about growth is not coming back to where we were before. I’m talking about a new absolute focus in ensuring that every day as we go to work whether you’re a public servant or whether you’re in the private sector, that every day as we go to work if you’re in the public service you’re going to ask yourself what am I doing today to make sure that some private activity can take place and take place quicker. (GBM)


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