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The message of our founding father the Rt. Ex. Errol Barrow that "we will be friends of all and satellites of none" still ring in our ears and will continue to inform our foreign policy initiatives.

We will:

  • Widen Barbados' Honorary Consular representation abroad to ensure a greater level of service to Barbadians living and traveling abroad.
  • Ensure that Barbados' diplomatic and consular missions have the capacity to facilitate and service Barbadians, and other nationals in the development of trading and business services.
  • Strengthen relations with African and Asian countries.
  • Maintain and strengthen ties with Europe to promote trade, tourism and cultural ties.


We will:

  • Work with other CARICOM countries in negotiating trade pacts with other hemispheric groupings.
  • Remain committed to the principles and goals of CARICOM and would work to deepen the integration movement.
  • Work to complete the Caricom Single Market and Economy protocols, bringing it to fruition within the time frame set out this includes the movement of skilled and unskilled labour.


The Democratic Labour Party values the contribution made to national development by a very competent and committed public service.

We are mindful of the uneasiness presently being expressed by public servants to the new qualifications order and the many other concerns that now occupy their attention.

We will:

  • Embark on a massive training programme which would allow public servants to upgrade their qualifications. We would allow a grace period of seven years for the attainment of any new qualifications.
  • Strengthen the Ministry of the Civil Service and the Personnel Administration Division through computerization of records and provision of additional staff.
  • Eliminate supersessions in the service by introducing a system that brings fairness and transparency to recruitment, transfers and promotion.
    Restore full responsibility to the Public Service Commission for: appointments, promotions, transfers and discipline within the public Service.
    Introduce a system of rewarding public servants for outstanding service.
  • Embark on a programme to improve the working environment of all public servants by instituting occupational health and safety committees, shop steward councils and by providing modern technology and modern equipment.
  • For the past decade Public Servants have suffered through structural adjustment and the constraints of an incomes protocol. This act of sacrifice saved Barbados from a devaluation of the dollar. In recognition of this selfless act.

We will:

  • Allocate $25 million to the Public Servants to be paid as a non-taxable bonus.

Empowering People-Good Governance

Our core values of transparency and accountability will inform our style of governance.

The present BLP government appears to have abandoned the recommendations of the Constitutional Reform Committee and its Manifesto pledge, and has embarked on a policy of party paramountcy that threatens to undermine democracy and the two party system of government.

We will:

  • Introduce Integrity and Anti-corruption legislation that would require Ministers of Government, Chairpersons of Statutory Boards and Chairpersons of Private companies in which Government has at least a 40% ownership, to disclose their assets to an Integrity Commission set by the Governor General.
  • Reconstitute the Senate to provide broader participation and representation.
  • Introduce a system of elected councils to administer services at the constituency level.
  • Enact Equal Opportunity legislation that will provide the citizen with recourse in cases of discrimination on the basis of race ethnicity, class and political affiliation.
  • Amend the standing orders of Parliament to allow for question time of the Prime Minster on the floor of the House.
  • Amend the general orders to facilitate the participation of Public Officers in elective politics.
  • Review the laws on defamation to give greater freedom to the Press and the populace to hold public figures more accountable.
  • Introduce anti-trust legislation to discourage the formation of monopolies.
  • Introduce Freedom of Information legislation that would empower the citizen's right to know, in keeping with our pledge of accountability.
  • Expand the categories under which the needy can access the legal aid system, such as domestic violence and wrongful dismissal cases.
  • Construct a new modern Judicial Centre as a matter of priority.
  • Construct a new District C Magistrate Court and fire station in St. Philip to service the communities of the eastern parishes.

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