Barbados's Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has highlighted the advantages of doing
business in the territory for United States investors as the US Chamber of Commerce
prepares to launch an office in the country this year.
Stuart was at the time addressing several business officials gathered at the
Centre for Strategic and International Studies of the US Chamber of Commerce
in Washington, DC.
In making the case for improved commercial and business relations between the
two countries, Stuart said such a situation would be mutually beneficial:
"The good news is that a USA-Barbados business relationship is in fact
a win-win relationship. US investors in Barbados would benefit from access to
professional expertise in a cost-effective environment, and the ability to avoid
double taxation on their profits, enhancing their global competitiveness. Importantly
too, over the long run, business and economic success is reaped through increased
access to capital, higher tax intakes and higher employment pay scales as a
direct result of the profitable returns on and growth of the international investments
made by companies.”
"In terms of tax revenues, foreign direct investment provides economies
like ours with approximately 60% of our corporate tax intake. There are several
backward and forward linkages to other sectors of our economy as well - particularly
our tourism, construction, retail and agricultural sectors. I believe, too,
that the presence of foreign direct investment encourages us to maintain international
best practice standards, as we play a key role in the wealth generation process
of an increasingly interdependent and interconnected global economy.”
"Today our most valuable and important relationships remain our oldest
ones. It is well known that the governments of the US and Barbados have long
enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship."
Stuart said that Barbados offered
investors the combination of an established and reputable jurisdiction, cost
effective treaty-based tax planning opportunities, a well-educated workforce
and an excellent quality of life.
"Successive governments of Barbados have
made it a priority to provide a welcoming, stable political, social and economic
environment that facilitates business in a well regulated environment,” he noted.
"What distinguishes Barbados is its expanding network of double taxation
treaties with developed and emerging economies in the Americas, Europe, Asia
and Africa. This treaty advantage makes Barbados an attractive base from which
to launch an international venture or provide cross-border services to key emerging
markets," he concluded.