Dominicans have been given high marks for their collaborative efforts in making carnival celebrations successful but have been challenged to re-direct the same measures of productivity to other areas.
Managing Director of Parbel Enterprises Inc, Parry Bellot, said the tremendous energy exhibited during carnival is a good example of how Dominicans can be productive people.
“So the challenge really is if we can convert some of that tremendous energy that comes out of carnival … to also have it in other spheres of activity that can bring in money to the economy, to individuals,” he said during a Productivty Year media briefing recently. “Incidentally we always admit that Carnival is one of those cultural things that are very productive throughout the island. People go out of their way to do things and they accomplish things in very short time.”
According to Bellot, Caribbean people like ‘leaving things’ for the last minute and “we do that for Carnival too … yet we come out with the costumes, we come out with the calypso songs, working overtime.”
He said his team is planning a customer service seminar later this year for small businesses.
“As you know there have been a lot of complaints about customer service,” he said.
Bellot mentioned that funds are currently being sought for the seminar since it is a costly undertaking by his organization.
The areas being tackled by Parbel Enterprises during its Productivity Year include keeping the country clean, the huge court delay and the congestion at the Ferry terminal in Roseau.