Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business, Donville Inniss was headed to Colombia this week in search of new investment opportunities for Barbados.
While Inniss would not say when he would leave, he said he planned to engage his counterparts in Bogota on ways to expand Barbados’ investment potential in that Central American country.
“ [The discussions will revolve] around matters regarding double taxation agreement, air services matters and generally speaking matters that will lead to Barbados getting an increase in business on the financial services side out of Columbia, whilst at the same time facilitating investments from further afield through Barbados into Colombia.
“Colombia remains a very very attractive place for Barbados’ international business sector . . . and we intend to robustly engage them,” Inniss said.
The Minister added that he would also seek an agreement under which Colombian English teachers would receive further training at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus.
Meantime, with the industrial relations climate becoming more and more fluid, the Minister warned that threats of industrial action would not get in the way of his efforts to expand the business sector.
“I have responsibility for international business, and matters pertaining to national business cannot be put on the back burner or rest [on]one side because of threats of industrial action. My task is to get up and get out here and there and anywhere else and wherever and find jobs for Barbadians, find companies to establish in Barbados. That is how we earn foreign exchange, that is how we create jobs, that is how we boost our tourism sector. Sitting down and spending every waking moment worrying about threats of industrial action . . . it is not the way I can run my ministry,” Inniss said at the weekend.