Submitted by Yesitsme (as a comment)
Let’s look at what this Returning Nationals/Barbados Network program is and is not. It is poorly run! It is designed to extract as much money as possible from Returning Bajans by making the program as complicated, inefficient and cumbersome as possible. It is run by John Blackman who is unorganized, not a people person, does not return phone calls, never available, paints a glorious picture when you contact him while outside of Barbados and then he gives you hell when your container is in Barbados at the Port and you’re trying to get it out.
You’re gouged by Agents, Brokers, the Government, the Port and just about everyone involved in the process. The Government is looking to our retirement money on a monthly basis fuelling their foreign exchange issues or should I say crises.
We buy houses and everything involved in living here. Yes we help to employ Bajans, establish business and you could go on and on…
Bajans who have never travel do not want us here, evident by many of the response and narrow mindedness seen on this site (I’m not blaming the site) and elsewhere. Returning nationals are giving up quite a bit by being here. Duty free on household goods and a vehicle is minor compared to what we contribute initially and over the years. And by the way, the government touted back in August that the program was being improved to benefit Returning Nationals.
The program has not been improved…..it has been made more difficult by the 3 to 5 year change.The only thing that has been changed is the NAME… Barbados Network, which nobody uses because of it’s non-descriptiveness. In addition, opening the program to under 50 year olds sounds good but does nothing because you would have to be doing terribly Overseas to want to return before retirement age if at all.
Those who have a parent in Barbados might want to return in order to help care for them.
The hassles, trouble, Mr. John Blackman, delays, penny pinchingness and the other negatives of the program makes it very undesirable to want to return as a National Returnee unless you have a parent you really care about, that you want to help care for.
Would I do this again….HELL NO! The small minds running the program and the greedy and incompetent government would convince me not to.