The many faithful of Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley among us seem to ignore the fact that she was sworn in as Prime Minister of Barbados for the very first time on May 25, 2018, i.e. there is a little over three years.
As a result, much of what has been achieved in Barbados in the area of renewables and energy efficiency has been achieved under its predecessors over several decades following a relatively consistent policy during this period.
PM Mottley hasn’t really had a chance to put his own stamp on the matter yet, other than following up on what has been done in the past.
Mottley is a very intelligent, articulate and charismatic figure who is passionate about everything she says and does.
The numerous distinctions awarded to him following his speech at COP26 bear witness to his exceptional personality and his immense intelligence.
She made us all proud to be Caribbean. I’m quite impressed with her, and I think in the future she has the potential to be one of the greatest heads of government in the Caribbean.
Recently, however, she has proven to be deficient in her understanding of monetary economics with respect to certain issues regarding regulations governing commercial banking in the Caribbean, and the difference between a commercial bank and a development bank. .
I am convinced that given her undoubted intelligence, she will do whatever is necessary to fill this gap in her knowledge and experience.
She is relatively new to the post of Prime Minister, but not to politics, and still has a lot to learn on various issues, especially from a practical standpoint.
Prime Minister Mottley faces a deep economic crisis in Barbados with a debt to GDP ratio of around 144%.
Some of her critics have suggested that her high profile on the international stage was a deliberate attempt on her part to distract from the dire economic situation she faces in her country.
How she is able to pull Barbados out of its current economic crisis will be the real test of her courage.
I look forward to the day when the Barbadian economy returns to solid footing, and I hope that with Prime Minister Mottley at the helm, we will soon see the light of day.
Louis W. Williams