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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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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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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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Water and the Consumer

Prepared by the Barbados Water Authority
[Monday, March 15, 2004]

It is well known by all, that water is vital for life. It is equally well known, that though vital, adequate supplies of clean water in quantum are not as widely available to the world’s population as one would like. Easy access to a safe, potable water supply is therefore not a guarantee for everyone.
One of the parameters by which a country is judged by the World Health Organisation (WHO), is its ability to provide its population with clean, potable water in adequate amounts. If a country cannot supply more than a thousand cubic metres per capita per year, it is adjudged to be a water scarce country. Barbados has been so designated, as its available water resources are currently rated at three hundred and ninety cubic metres per person per year.

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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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Water - The Consumers’ Right

Prepared by Dr. Ronald Knight, Ministry of Health
[Monday, March 15, 2004]

“The person that solves the water problem deserves two nobel prizes for his contribution to improved Health and Food Production” – President J.F. Kennedy.
Water is life, it is the vehicle through which life flows. Over 90% of our bodies is water, we perish without it. This necessity can sometimes present us with Public Health challenges. It can also be a vehicle for disease-causing organisms resulting in water-borne diseases such as Typhoid and Hepatitis A. Ensuring the quality of our water is therefore an important Public Health function. Consumers have a right to clean water. Surveillance of water is the joint responsibility of the Ministry of Health, the Barbados Water Authority and the Environmental Engineering Division of the Ministry of Housing and the Environment. The surveillance includes sampling and testing for chemical and microbiological pollutants and also physical properties. The standards set for water quality have been issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The drinking water guidelines set out parameters for the microbiological content of drinking water. In addition, they give safety levels for over 70 chemicals in drinking water.

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World Consumer Rights Day 2004

Message by Senator The Honourable Lynette Eastmond, Minister of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development
[Monday, March 15, 2004]

My fellow Barbadians, tomorrow Barbados will join with other countries around the world in celebrating World Consumer Rights Day. Since 1983, Consumers International which is a federation of consumer organisations dedicated to the protection and promotion of consumer rights worldwide through empowering national consumer groups and campaigning at the international level, has been promoting and encouraging the international community to observe March 15 as World Consumer Rights Day.

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The Management of Our Water Resources to Ensure and Protect Consumer Rights:The Agricultural Perspective

Prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
[Monday, March 15, 2004]

Barbados is classified, under the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations System, as one of the ten most water scarce countries in the world. When we consider that we have to cater not only to our needs for drinking water but also to the needs of tourism, agriculture and industrial users, we must of necessity pay much attention to the management of this scarce resource.

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Water and the Rights of the Consumer

Prepared by Richard M Bynoe, Public Relations Officer, BARCRO
[Monday, March 15, 2004]

Water is essential for life and therefore a consumer right. Community development and Non-governmental Organization voices, seconded by the United Nations, defend water as a public good and an inalienable human right. The UN General Comment on the Right of Water incorporated into the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 2002 states that water should be treated as a social and cultural good and not as primarily as an economic commodity.
No consumer should be excluded from access to water for reasons of poverty. Water should be valued as an asset to be protected from capture by the economic elite.

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Meeting of the General Council on May 4, 2004

Members of the General Council of the Barbados National Standards Institution (BNSI), Members of the Executive Committee, Senior Members of Staff, Members of the Press, Specially Invited Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It gives me great please to welcome all of you to this Meeting of the Barbados National Standards Institution’s General Council.
I am particularly pleased since this is my first address to the General Council in my capacity as President.
As you know the Barbados National Standards Institution was established in 1973 under the companies Act, Cap 308, as a benevolent, non-profit entity through a joint venture between the Public Sector and the Private Sector.
The philosophy informing this arrangement was that the vast experience, knowledge and expertise residing in the private sector should be brought to bear on efforts to find solutions to common technical problems relating to standardization.
I am pleased to be able to report that this co-operative approach to development has served us well in the past. This means that we have a responsibility to do all that is necessary to continue such an arrangement.
Over the years the BNSI has been able to contribute in a meaningful and significant manner to our country’s development. I am advised that it has formulated over 300 standards and codes of practice. At the present time, forty six of these standards have declared mandatory under the provisions of the Control of Standards Act, Cap 326A.
We are now living in an era of trade liberalization and globalization. As a consequence, our domestic market is being opened up to a much wider ranged of foreign goods and services. We therefore need to be more vigilant with respect to the quality of goods and services being made available to our business community as well as to our consumers.

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