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BAM hoping to meet with King

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President of the Barbados Association of Masqueraders (BAM), Chetwin Stewart, says they are in the process of setting up a meeting with new Minister of Culture John King to iron out a slew of issues.

Last Crop Over, the bandleaders raised several concerns they were facing, including the issue of the 17.5 per cent valued added tax being charged, the lack of subventions and prize money.

Following a meeting with former Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley last year, they were granted the raise in prize money but Stewart said they were still awaiting the promised concessions.

With a new minister at the helm, Stewart said they were hoping to get their concerns heard this time around.

“We are in the process of trying to organise a meeting with the new minister. We are really hoping for some relief from some of the duties. We desperately need it.

“We have always said it’s not that we don’t want to pay duties or anything like that; but we just don’t think it’s fair and we need some ease.

“Hotels don’t pay 17.5 per cent and we bring people into the island, so why can’t we pay 7.5 per cent or something like that? The concessions that we were promised over the years coming through the airport and so on, why can’t they be granted as yet? Those are things we have to look at,” he said. (DB)

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