Manufacturers have suffered from our country's own success.
A well educated workforce and a high standard of living have
resulted in a demand for higher wages and together with high
cost of raw materials have rendered this sector largely uncompetitive,
regionally as well as internationally.
our manufacturing sector, with government assistance, will
have to identify those niche markets where they can benefit
from our Agricultural diversification, Tourism growth, Information
Technology and Telecommunications liberalization.
must be willing to break new ground and move towards the non-traditional
areas including cultural industries, becoming lighter and
Democratic Labour Party government will:
the BIDC to provide the research and development necessary
to engineer this shift in focus.
strategic alliances between local and regional manufactures
to avoid duplication and provide components, rather than
everybody trying to produce the whole product.
the necessary financial concessions for the establishment
of recycling industries as part of our solid-waste management
government assistance with joint export drives.
cargo consolidation to aid small manufactures in their export
at all of our major embassies overseas a Trade Attaché.
lower-tax regime and other fiscal policies will redound
to the benefit of this sector.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SECTOR & TELECOMMUNICATIONS
the BLP government employment in the International Business
Sector declined from just under 3,000 persons to less than
faces an uncertain future as developed -G 7 - countries have
expressed concern over the impact of offshore financial centres
on the stability of financial markets arising from tax evasion
and money laundering.
the importance of building a network of treaties, the chief
challenge is for Barbados to become more competitive in an
effort to attract foreign investment and encourage investment.
of a Services Sector excluding tourism, must be driven by
legislative reform which has started, but the sector cannot
be sustained by changes to legislation, only facilitated.
imperative that we understand that the components of the services
sector - financial, educational, health, cultural, e-commerce,
informatics - are different and need to be approached as separate
and distinct areas of opportunity.
heart of the creation of this new services sector in Barbados,
is the recognition that telecommunication services
are critical to the process of exposing the above services
to the international market.
there is consensus among the experts that the WTO agreement
on basic telecommunications services created a new regime
for the world market. We must therefore pay close attention
to regulatory fundamentals such as:
barriers to entry in the market for communications services.
rebalancing of rates for services during the market transition.
creation of truly independent regularity authorities with
the resources and authority necessary to foster competition
and safeguard consumer welfare.
the DLP will discourage the introduction of metered rates
the aforementioned tax policies and financial incentives will
also benefit this key sector by way of enhancing the economy's
Labour Party believes that one of the pillars of democracy
is a free press. We will uphold and encourage freedom of expression
from all our people.
the privatization of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation.
new radio and TV licenses.
the airing of more local programming.
up a National Film Institute to produce quality local documentaries.
a Freedom of Information Act
of the laws of defamation
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