Today, November 30, 2018, is the 52nd anniversary of independence of my birth land, Barbados.
Congratulations to Prime Minister Mia Mottley and to all the people of Barbados both on the island and abroad. A special congratulation also to the new Ambassador, Noel Lynch - welcome to Washington, DC, Mr. Ambassador, may you serve the people well.
The sovereignty of Barbados has always been a special attribute to the industry of its people and a fact of enduring Barbadian pride ever since the first Prime Minister and father of Barbados Independence, Errol Barrow secured nationhood back in 1966 from Great Britain. As Ambassador Lynch noted yesterday at the Organization of American States (OAS), at an event marking the 52nd Independence, Barbados has enjoyed successive democratic elections since nationhood.
Yet, the fiscal health of Barbados has deteriorated significantly in recent years under the leadership of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP). Barbadian demand changes resulted in a new Barbados Labour Party (BLP) government, in May, 2018, led by the island's first female Prime Minister, Mia Mottley. The BLP captured all 30-seats in the Barbados Parliament.
As a result of inherited fiscal woes, the Mottley government has had to seek and did gain financial support from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a first for the nation with a robust tourist industry, an extremely high literacy rate, turquoise seas, white sand beaches and overtly friendly people.
However, some voices of the last government continue to oppose most actions enacted by the Mottley government to weather the fiscal storm. To the naysayers, I challenge them to put aside all past practices of opposing just for opposing sake and I implore them to act in unity and in cooperation with the new government to reconstruct and to advance Barbados as nation. Party politics must yield to nation rebuilding. In service to all the people, it is better to assist in developmental matters than it is to criticize each and every effort put forward toward the general welfare of the nation state.
Happy Independence Day Barbados! May God Bless all your efforts to fiscal recovery.