60th anniversary church service

Sixty Years of Achievements

60th anniversary church service

Sixty Years of Achievements

This weekend the Democratic Labour Party will commence its series of activities to celebrate 60 years of achievements. On April 27, 1955, twenty-six persons met at “Glenhurst”, Lands End, St. Michael to take the first steps in forming the Democratic Labour Party. As a result of the formation of this party, which first held the reins of government six year later, a number of significant developments and transformations came across this country; the most notable the attainment of Independence in 1966.

During these 60 years, the Democratic Labour Party has held the reins of Government for 30 of those years. From 1961 until present we began the process of implementing developmental policies and programmes which have contributed significantly to social and economic development which this country has achieved. We have a proud legacy and history and we are forever grateful to our members, supporters and the people of Barbados who have embraced and supported our policies over the years.

Reflecting on some of those achievements one cannot imagine what Barbados would be like if that initial step was not taken back in 1955. Thanks to the Democratic Labour Party, free secondary education for all was introduced in Barbados in 1962. This single policy has had a significant impact on every household in Barbados even to this day. As a result of this policy – which was introduced one month after taking office – the sons and daughters of plantation labourers were given the opportunity to be the doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers, entrepreneurs, civil servants and leaders of today. This policy was further enhanced with the opening of the campus of the University of the West Indies, the Barbados Community College, the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic and a host of secondary schools.

In 1967 the National Insurance Scheme providing sickness, injury, disability and pension benefits was established by the Democratic Labour Party. This Party also passed legislation so that workers would be entitled to severance and to provide employment security and benefits for women on maternity leave.

A number of the modern, residential areas across Barbados were established as a result of the visionary policies of this party meeting the social and development needs of its people. Developments such as Wanstead Terrace, Paradise Heights, Rock Dundo Park and Husbands can be credited to the DLP administration.

Over the 60 years the Democratic Labour Party has left a positive footprint across Barbados. The National Stadium, The Garfield Sobers Gymnasium, the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, CBC Radio and Television were all initiatives of the Democratic Labour Party. Can any of us imagine what Barbados would be like without these pivotal development blocks?

Every sector of the Barbados’ economy has benefited from insightful and innovative ideas and proposals of the members of the Democratic Labour Party. Our members have contributed significantly through the development of policies, programmes and initiatives which have allowed the Tourism Industry, Sugar Industry, Agricultural Sector, Manufacturing and the International Business Sector to grow and develop. Even to this day the sound leadership of the Democratic Labour Party has yet again help to move Barbados through the most arduous economic challenge ever to face this nation.

As we celebrate our 60 years we do so with humility, pride and sincere appreciation for our members, supporters and the people of Barbados. Our theme for the 60th anniversary is simply, “It’s all about Members.” Without the support, commitment and dedication of our members none of those achievements of which we are very proud would have been possible.

On Sunday, 26th April at 8:00 AM, the members of the Democratic Labour Party, led by our Party Leader, The Right Hon. Freundel Stuart will join the congregation of the St. Paul’s Anglican Church for our 60th Anniversary Church Service and Awards Ceremony. We extend an invitation to all members, supporters, well-wishers and the public at large to join us for this service. During the service, 10 awards will be presented to longstanding members of the party.

On Monday, 27th April, the actual anniversary of the party, The President of the Party will host a cocktail reception and awards ceremony at 6:30 PM at the George Street Auditorium. During this function 12 longstanding mecocktail receptionmbers of the party will be awarded. The awards ceremony will be followed by a thanksgiving Gospel concert. All are invited to join us at George Street or online via the DLP website (www.dlpBarbados.org) for this event.

 

 

 

On Saturday, 2nd May the grounds of the Democratic Labour Party headquarters will be transformed for A 60’s A-Fair a family fun day and fair.  DLP 60 fair May

 

 

 

 

 

The Democratic Labour Party stands proud of its 60 years of service to the people of Barbados. Through the support of our members we will continue to give many more years of sterling service to our nation.

 

 

Good News

 

Good News

 

For two consecutive quarters the report on the performance of the Barbados economy has been encouraging.  On Tuesday, the Governor of the Central Bank released the report with the performance for the first quarter of 2015 and by all account the news is good.   This DLP administration, led by our Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, has delivered on their promise to return the Barbados economy to growth in 2015.  We are not yet reaching the growth levels with which we can be satisfied, but the performance thus far is sufficient to give us hope that we will get there.

 

The economic growth can be attributed to a strong performance in the tourism sector which benefited from a strong winter tourist season.  This year we recorded our best tourism arrival figures since 2008.  No doubt as a result of the marketing efforts employed by the team at the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. as well as the high level negotiations with major players in the industry done by our Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Richard Sealy and Parliamentary Secretary, Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner.  During the period January to March arrivals from the USA, Canada and the UK increased by 24%, 28% and 8.5% respectively; we welcomed more 18000 additional visitors from these countries when compared to the same period in 2014.

 

Not only did we receive more visitors we also recorded a higher tourism spend with visitor expenditure increasing by 6 percent.  Increases in the seating capacity were key to the tremendous performance in the tourism sector.  Smaller markets such as Brazil, Germany and Caricom also recorded significant increases.

 

This administration has listened to and has gone beyond our means to assist the tourism sector to turn around.  The performance in the sector benefitted from the addition of some 160 new rooms to the hotel room stock.  This is an encouraging turn around when we examine the performance of the past where Barbados suffered from a dwindling room stock as well as tired rooms in need of upgrading.  Now we can clearly see why we needed to attract new hotel brands to Barbados and the benefit of the tourism concessions which were offered.

 

Government’s revenue enhancing measures also contributed to the economic performance and the reduction in the fiscal deficit to the target of 7.2% of GDP.  When compared to the previous financial year revenue collection increased by 170.9 million with total revenue reaching 2.5 billion dollars.  There was also a significant reduction in expenditure by some 179.1 million.  As a result of the financial discipline and good governance of the Government we were able to achieve our desired outcomes.  Expenditure on wages and salaries declined by 70 million dollars, while transfers and subsidies declined by $177 million.  For the first time since 2007/08 we were able to record a primary balance of $36.8 million dollars.

This DLP administration has been consistent and disciplined in our approach to the economic affairs of this country.  The results are there to show that our home grown economic policy is working.  The foreign reserves have stabilized and began to grow again reaching 16 weeks of import cover.  The news is good for the Barbados economy.  As the governor indicated in his report, we need to stay focused and work on improving our level of productivity.  Working together as team Barbados towards a common goal of sustainable economic growth and development should be the number one priority of all Barbadians.

 

This administration has shown that we stand ready and able to make the tough decisions to restructure the economy of Barbados.  We have acted in the interest of the people of Barbados with one consistent message on what was necessary to restructure the economy.  We have stuck to the measures implemented in our August 2013 budget and these measures have stabilized the economy and returned it to growth.  We continue to press on with our focused and disciplined approach to managing the affairs of this country in the best interest of all Barbadians.

 

This week a vital amendment to the Electric Light and Power act was passed which will help to further build out the renewable energy sector in Barbados.  Yet another pillar in the sustainable, economic growth and development policies being crafted by this DLP administration.

We are appreciative of the positive signs and the good news that things are turning around.  However, there is still work to be done and so we will press on to ensure that it is done.