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Forde: Ten years without development

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Development in Barbados has been at a standstill for the past ten years.

This is the sentiment of Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for St Thomas Cynthia Forde, who was addressing a crowd of over 200 people Friday night at a political meeting in Six Roads, St Phillip.

Forde, who was showing support for Sonia Brwone, candidate for St Philip North, Indar Weir, candidate for St Philip South and John King, candidate for St Philip West, said none of the industries has shown any signs of progression under the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) leadership.

Whilst referring to a document published by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, she said that when the BLP was in power from 1994 to 2008 Barbados was at a developmental stage and was punching above its weight. Since then she said development has been at an all-time low.

“Today construction is dead under the Dems. Manufacturing, you hear very little about that now. Agriculture has gone nowhere and a lot of people who own thousands of acres of land are waiting to grow houses instead of growing food, for food security.”

As it relates to the South Coast sewage crises, she said the DLP was not addressing health and environmental issues to carry the country forward, adding that the people are disappointed in the management of the country.

During her time spent on the platform, Forde also said that in this patriarchal society it was of high importance that women are placed in powerful positions so social policies and programmes would be implemented to tackle issues affecting children, girls and women. (SB)

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