“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17 Over the last 65 years, more than 30 warm-weather tourism destinations in the Caribbean archipelago of islands and coastal communities have attracted leisure and business visitors alike. Tourism has matured into a world-class service sector. Our people are our greatest asset, and we …

There has been a plethora of comments in the media following the outcome of the Barbados general election, including last week’s column which evoked a few interesting responses from readers. Of great concern are (1) periods of no opposition may pose a debilitating threat to democracy; (2) views of non-Barbados Labour Party (BLP) voters may …

WHITHER BARBADOS? – BASIL SPRINGER COLUMN (JANUARY 24, 2022) The snap election in Barbados is now history. Notwithstanding many issues which were raised to postpone the election, the people have spoken. We must (1) congratulate Prime Minister Mia Mottley and the Barbados Labour Party (BLP); (2) urge the dynamic and charismatic Mia Mottley to become …

“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” – Colossians 3:14 Let us address our New Year resolutions within the context of a snap Barbados general election, protection and survival in a COVID-19 environment, embracing the end of the pandemic, stabilizing our minds, and rehabilitation in the face of the …

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 The focus of my PhD dissertation, nearly 54 years ago, was a specific theoretical computer simulation solution of an optimization problem. The mathematics …

“With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand. – Psalm 78:72 Over the last three years Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s vision, intellect and wisdom has projected her on the local, regional, international scene as an individual who is well-equipped to lead the indigenous Caribbean in implementing solutions which will …

  “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21 Let me paint a picture of the essential pillars of entrepreneurial success – plan, path, passion, persistence, and patience. All responsible parents should have an educational plan for their children’s future whether they become entrepreneurs or employees. The processes available …

    All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” – Proverbs 14:23 The cultivation of an unswerving positive mindset is an asset as a problem solver. This was originally inspired by the book “The Power of Positive Thinking” by the Rev. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, which I read as …

    “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2 Post-COVID-19 Growth – Role of startups The role of startups is to present creative ideas …

    “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13  The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a major global paradigm shift in the business world. My series of columns has been based on Peter Drucker’s revolutionary teachings: “Management is doing things right (efficiency); leadership is doing the right things (effectiveness).” In …

  ”Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8 Most people, after completing their basic education, seek jobs to earn a living and provide …

  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:23-24 Job sustainability may be envisaged as a cyclical process. Jobs earn you money which …

  “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.” – 1 Corinthians 12:26 CARICOM, a commendable resource base of 18 former British colonies, Haiti and Suriname with 18 million people over a collective land mass of 500,000 km2 , has evolved 60 years after the demise …

  “The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree.” – Luke 13:6-9 Last week, a regular reader of my column, in noting the relatively weak average 2019 GDP per capita CARICOM performance when compared with selected countries, passionately shared this observation: CARICOM is a large bureaucratic financial black hole lacking in a smart partnership philosophy and is …

  “He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.” – Proverbs 10:4  The primary concern of each nation is economic development because, with good leadership, it can reduce wealth inequality and foster greater socioeconomic well-being. The collective thrust of successful businesses leads to economic growth, which drives …

“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.” – Leviticus 19:33-34 In the period after the emancipation of slavery, Caribbean people migrated to Panama …