BARBADOS RECEIVES FOURTH TRANCHE OF BUDGET SUPPORT FROM EU
Barbados will receive BDS$17 million from the European Union (EU) within the next few days as part of the EU’s continuing support of Barbados’ Human Resource Development (HRD) Programme.
Minister of Finance, Christopher Sinckler, in thanking the EU for what is termed Budget Support, noted that this type of assistance was always targeted towards specific projects, in this case, the HRD Programme.
He explained that the programme was a systems-wide initiative involving the public and private sectors, and was aimed at developing a highly-trained cadre of people to contribute to the development of the overall economy
Mr. Sinckler said that now was the time for Barbados to reposition its human resources so that it can engage the global economy with new, exciting and different skills to be able to compete.
Minister of Labour, Dr. Esther Byer, under whose Ministry the Human Resource Development Strategy is being executed, thanked the Ministry’s staff, and especially the Human Resource Development Unit, for their hard work in accelerating the project.
“We are now involved in demand-driven education where we are training people to meet the demands of the workplace, and we are working with the private sector to make sure that they are not only certified but also relevant,” the Minister stated.
Ambasador Barfod said he was pleased with the implementation of the programme so far.
He noted: “Whereas the importance of the human resource policy cannot be over-emphasised, the true success of the strategy will be measured by the progress of the Barbadian people. In this regard, we are especially satisfied with the level of training and retooling undertaken in the last financial year, particularly in the areas of entrepreneurship, knowledge management, and specific HRD-related areas.” (JS/BGIS)