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Opening of PriceSmart

Address Delivered By The Hon. Ronald Toppin, Minister Of Commerce, Consumer Affairs And Business Development
[Thursday, August 30, 2001]

Mr. Chairman, Fellow Ministers, Regional Vice President, Partners of PriceSmart, Members of the Press, Specially Invited Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen:
As Minister with responsibility for Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development in Barbados, I must say that I am extremely delighted to be here this evening to join with you on the historic occasion of the launching of this joint venture or partnership between the Barbados Shipping and Trading Co. Ltd. and the United States based PriceSmart Inc.

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Decision Time For C&W

Reprinted from Nationnews.com
[Thursday, July 31, 2003]

Cable & Wireless Barbados will know this evening if the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) will allow a stay of its decision on a number of interconnection issues.
At the same time, the telecommunication company will hear whether the commission will give it 45 more days to file a Reference Interconnection Offer (RIO).
The deadline for filing the RIO expires today, but at the start of a FTC hearing of company’s application for stay in the first matter, the company’s counsel Pat Cheltenham, QC and Barry Gale requested the extension for filing.
Acting chairman Floyd Phillips deferred that decision, ruling that C&W had presented evidence for its substantive case.
Witness, David Vrancken, vice-president of regulatory finance with C&W West Indies, described the development of a RIO as very complicated. He noted that at least 45 more days were required to complete the tariff schedules which involved many complex calculations and knowledge of the types of volume of interconnect service which would be required by competitors.
He said if the RIO was inappropriately prepared it would cause damage to the interest parties.
Vrancken also said that some fundamental issues were not settled, the chief of which was the rebalance of domestic and international rates. Pointing out that domestic telephone rates were subsidised by the international rates, he added that in the absence of rebalancing, the company could arrive at very high interconnection rate.
However, C&W was accused of using tactics to delay the start of competition in the market by AT&T’s director of external affairs Lorraine Buereger.
She said that AT&T bought interconnection service in St Lucia and St Vincent and based on the evidence in those countries, C&W was reasonably aware of the types of interconnection services AT&T and its competitors would require in Barbados.

Crichlow 'Fed Up' With Builders

Reprinted from Nationnews.com
[Monday, September 22, 2003]

Dean Emeritus of St Michael’s Cathedral, Senator Harold Crichlow, has had enough of local contractors who fleece overseas-based Barbadians, and local construction workers whose output is well below that of their Guyanese counterparts.
Now he wants Government to review the mechanism used by builders to price housing construction jobs.
Crichlow made his feelings known in a sermon yesterday at St Mary’s Anglican Church to mark the start of Small Business Week.
He said there were instances in which overseas nationals sent home thousands of dollars to build their homes and then returned only to find that the money had been misappropriated by the contractor.

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Report On Celebration Of World Consumer Rights Day 2004

Ministry of Commerce, Consumer Affairs & Business Development
[Thursday, May 13, 2004]
World Consumer Rights Day is celebrated annually on March 15. It was first observed on March 15, 1983. Consumers International encourages countries around the world to participate in the celebration of World Consumer Rights Day.
The Ministry of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development successfully co-ordinated the implementation of a programme of activities in celebration of World Consumer Rights Day 2004.
Two meetings were convened to plan for the event, one on January 27th, in the Ministry’s Conference Room and a second at the Ministry of Health, on February 19, 2004 in the Conference of the Environmantal Health Engineering Division.
The theme for 2004 was “Water”.

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Small Businesses, The Backbone Of Our Economy And How To Grow Your Business Through Good Marketing Strategies

Address By The Hon. Ronald Toppin, Mp, Minister Of Commerce Consumer Affairs And Business Development
[Wednesday, June 27, 2001]
Master of Ceremonies, Madam Vice President of the Nation Publishing Company Limited, President of the Small Business Association, Participants, Entrepreneurs, Members of the Press, Ladies and Gentlemen:
As Minister responsible for the development of small businesses I must say that it is indeed a pleasure and honour for me to be invited to address this timely seminar. I noted from your draft programme, that an important partnership will be forged today between the Nation Publishing Company and the Small Business Association through the signing of a charter agreement, which I understand, will provide special incentives to the small business community.

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Reminder of Guidelines For Used Car Imports

Ministry of Commerce
[Monday, September 13, 2004]
The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is urging persons desirous of importing used or reconditioned cars into Barbados to follow the required guidelines.
Director, Terry Bascombe, has reminded the public that vehicles older than four years of age or with an odometer reading in excess of 50 000 kms would not be permitted entry except under the following circumstances:
the vehicle is an antique/vintage car and is approved as such; the vehicle will be re-exported at the end of a specific time period; the importer of the vehicle is a returning national and submits proof that he or she owned the vehicle for at least four years prior to importation; and, the importer is a foreigner who owns property in Barbados and is settling in the country. The vehicle must be for private use and the importer must submit proof that he or she owned the vehicle for at least four years prior to importation.
The Department has also reiterated that all used or reconditioned cars imported for sale to the public must be fitted with new tyres. Importers are also being advised to ensure that orders for used or reconditioned vehicles are placed in a timely manner to ensure that vehicles are in compliance with the existing guidelines governing importation at the time of arrival in Barbados.
Applications for import licenses must be submitted to the Director of Commerce and Consumer Affairs using the appropriate application form.

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Consumer Protection, Standardization and Business Competitiveness

The Honorable Ronald Toppin, Minister of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development
[Monday, March 24, 2003]

Madam Chairperson, Ms. Lolita Applewhaite, Director of the Centre for International Services, University of the West Indies; Mr. Cephas Gooding, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development; Mr. Dudley Rhynd, Director, Barbados National Standards Institution; Resource Persons, Participants, Specially Invited Guests, Members of the Press, Ladies and Gentlemen.

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The Fourth Annual Habitat Caribbean Exposition

by Senator The Honourable Lynette Eastmond, Minister of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development
[Friday, April 23, 2004]

Master of Ceremonies, The Producers of Habitat Caribbean,
Mr. Jerome Ishmael, Exhibitors, Sponsors, Specially Invited Guests, Members of the Press:
I am most grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you on the occasion of the opening of the Fourth Annual Habitat Caribbean Exposition, although I understand it will not be annual anymore; it will be every other year.
Ladies and gentlemen, it would seem that for every age and for every generation there is a challenge which in its own estimation has the potential to create considerable dislocation.

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Law as a Business Driver: Doing Business Under the Electronic Transactions Act

Address Delivered by the Honourable Ronald Toppin, Minister of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development
[Sunday, February 18, 2001]
Madam Chairperson, Specifically Invited Guests, Participants, Members of the Press, Ladies and Gentlemen:
I must say that I am extremely delighted to be here this morning to deliver the opening address at this very important forum. And the fact that so many of you are able to be here, as well, shows in no uncertain terms the great importance which you clearly attach to the subject of this morning’s forum

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The Opening Of The Caribbean Workshop On Trade, Food And Consumer Protection

by Senator The Honourable Lynette Eastmond, Minister of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development
[Tuesday, April 13, 2004]

Master of Ceremonies, Ms. Wendy Williams, Coordinator for the Caribbean Region of Consumers International, Representatives of Regional and International Agencies, Participants, Specially Invited Guests, Members of the Press, Ladies and Gentlemen.
I am delighted at the opportunity afforded me to address the opening of this Caribbean Workshop, which will be convened over the next three days. I am advised that the Workshop will focus on Trade, Food Safety Security, Consumer Protection and Legal Issues. These are issues which are of paramount importance to all of us in Latin America and the Caribbean Sub-region.

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