The Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) held its 194th Annual General Meeting on June 30, 2020. For the very first time, the AGM was held virtually in keeping with social distancing measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The AGM was chaired by President, Mrs. Trisha Tannis, who took up the mantle one year ago and will continue to serve as President for another term. Mrs. Tannis, Chief Executive Officer, Unicomer Barbados, will be supported by other members of the Executive Committee which comprises: Senior Vice President, Mr. Anthony Branker (Director, Massy Distribution); Vice President-Finance, Mrs. Betty Brathwaite (Director, Topstar Services SRL); Vice President, Mr. James ‘Jimmy’ Clarke, (Managing Director, TMR Sales & Service Ltd) and BCCI Executive Director and ex-officio member, Misha Lobban-Clarke.
In keeping with the Rules of the Chamber, 12 members were also elected to serve on Council for the period 2020-2021. The Council members and sectors for which they were elected to represent are:
- Commerce – Andy Armstrong (Armstrong Agencies Ltd)
- Commerce – Alison Browne-Ellis (Cave Shepherd & Co. Limited)
- Commerce – Avinash Vaswani (Satya Enterprises Limited)
- Energy – Imran Philips (Rubis Caribbean)
- ICT – Jensen Sylvester (Flow (Barbados)
- Manufacturing – Vidia Woods (Hanschell Inniss)
- Professional Services – Ronaele Dathorne-Bayrd (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
- Tourism & Cultural Industries – Norman Barrow (A&B Music Supplies Ltd.)
- Financial Services – Rolf Phillips (Consolidated Finance)
- Financial Services – Anthony Clerk (Republic Bank (Barbados) Ltd)
- Construction – Sanjay Amin (BCQS International)
- Other – Patrick Hinkson (Sagicor General Insurance)
Addressing the members at the AGM, President Tannis said, “I am honored to have been elected to serve as President of this esteemed Chamber of Commerce and Industry for another year particularly during this juncture of economic uncertainty. Certainly, the ensuing year will be a challenge as we work assiduously to support the private sector in the rebuilding and re-engineering of our economy. We anticipate creatively innovating to take full advantage of all potential opportunities that the pandemic has created in a way that will positively influence the social, economic and business environments to generate sustainable progress for Barbados.