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A Profile of Barbados

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  • Barbados has a resident population of 257,000.
  • A labor force of 126,000 - skilled, well educated and motivated, with productivity levels equal to or higher than those in North America or Europe.
  • The island's British based educational system has produced a 99% literacy rate - one of the highest in the world.
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  • Judicial, political and administrative institutions are closely modeled on the British system.
  • All political parties are "middle of the road", supportive of the free enterprise system, and committed to the rule of law.
  • Barbados has had representative government since 1939 and became an independent country in 1966.
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Business Environment

  • Investment laws are clear and modern.
  • There are no restrictions on foreign ownership of business enterprises.
  • There is prompt governmental response.
  • Government actively encourages foreign investment in the industrial sector.
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  • Barbados can boast of its excellent infrastructure with electric power, roads, telephone, facsimile, airport and seaport equivalent to those in industrialized countries.

Health Care

  • The island has a high standard of health care which is easily accessible to all.
  • Barbados has long been reputed for it's warm climate and the health benefits associated with relaxation and convalescence.
  • Barbados is fast becoming a destination of choice for those looking for a haven where they can rejuvenate while treating their mind, body and soul.
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Support Services

  • Barbados provides the investor with an extensive range of Banking and other financial services.
  • There is a pool of world class legal and accounting professionals - most of the international accounting firms are represented on the island.
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