WHAT? NO MORE SUCKOO? DON’T LABOUR UNDER ANY ILLUSION – SENATOR IS BACK TO ORIGINAL SURNAME!
(EDITOR’S NOTE, STRAIGHT FROM BGIS! “PLEASE BE ADVISED MINISTER OF LABOUR, SOCIAL SECURITY AND HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT SHOULD NOW BE REFERRED TO AS SENATOR DR. ESTHER R. BYER (a.k.a? ONLY, DROP THE SUCKOO, HE GET KICK WAY LONG TIME).
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION IN THIS MATTER.”)
This disclosure has come from the Minister with that portfolio, Senator Dr. Esther Byer, who said they would also develop and adopt public-private coordinating mechanisms to increase opportunities for entrepreneurship and the development to innovative goods and services.
Dr. Byer made the comments over the weekend, as she addressed the Preview of Bank on Me Season Two at Scotiabank’s Haggatt Hall branch. She told her audience: “The Ministry will also be looking at international best practices, particularly from African states, where there are significant parallels to the Caribbean context and where entrepreneurship has been instrumental to their development,” she disclosed.
She underscored the important role entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship played in economic growth, and the role stakeholders who facilitate the entrepreneurial process need to play. “I also understand that there needs to be a different mindset, as well as new behaviours to create jobs not only for ourselves, but for others, in order to attain sustainability for our economy…
“Entrepreneurship is the very engine of the much needed economic growth, and, we must admit, entrepreneurs not only create wealth for themselves but create jobs for others. We count on these innovative persons with new ideas to revitalise our economy,” she declared.
Small Business Banking Manager at Scotiabank, Maureen Edwards, said the bank had faith in the ability of that sector to drive economic growth. “We believe that this is a very important sector of our business. This is why we invested in a dedicated team of Small Business Managers to work directly with our entrepreneurial and small business customers,” she remarked.
“We saw that vision become a reality as the first season of Bank On Me was extremely successful, with over 60 per cent of the contestants continuing to develop and take their business to the next level,” she disclosed. She added that quite a few of the contestants worked with Scotiabank’s Small Business Team. (SA/BGIS)