New Phone Numbers and Same Officers ? the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry?s 181st AGM: Plans to merge with similar groups

Big changes are in store for the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry, they recently conducted their Annual General Meeting and members voted for an executive to guide their affairs and concerns –

Dick Stoute was re-elected as President for a second term. Glenda Medford was elected Senior Vice President and Lisa Padmore was returned to her post as VP – Finance and Administration. Fourteen Council members were also elected, or reelected to serve the Chamber for the upcoming year, 2007-2008.

The Chamber built and moved into its new building along with the Barbados Employers Confederation, its partner in this venture. These new offices are located at Braemar Court, Deighton Road, St. Michael and the new telephone numbers are 620-4750/1/2 and fax 620-2907.

With the retirement of Ruall Harris, the Chamber’s Executive Director, the Chamber held talks with other groups to decide the way forward for succession plans and there seems to be a controlled merger in the pipeline –

Discussions were held with the head of the Barbados Private Sector Association about the possibility of hiring an individual to fill the executive role for both these organizations. This has recently been agreed by the Directors of the BPSA and the Council of the Chamber and the recruitment process will get underway shortly.

The agenda for the Chamber will be heavily stocked for the next 12 months –

The Chamber plans to form new groups on an as needed basis to deal with issues relevant to members such as the enforcement of the Building Code and to liaise with the new Customs Division dealing with under invoicing of goods. The Chamber welcomes these initiatives and looks forward to meeting with Customs to see how it can assist in ensuring that goods coming into Barbados are not under invoiced.

Issues surrounding the redevelopment of Bridgetown and finding a way to accommodate licensed vendors in the City will also engage the attention of the Chamber in the year to come.

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