A new Barbados Metrology Bill 2022 was recently introduced in the House of Assembly. Minister of Energy and Business Development Kerrie Symmonds has said that the failure of align Barbados’ metrology with international standards (i.e., failure to fully adopt the metric system) has incurred economic costs. Nation News reports that “Consumers could soon be getting protection from the state in regards to having measurement systems across the board that align with international standards.”.
Barbados used to use the imperial system and later changed over to the metric system. However, the changeover is not yet complete. Kerrie Symmonds said “We have contended ourselves with operating with the Imperial measurement system so that we understood yards, feet and inches. Nobody ever stopped to say why are you teaching one way but living in another.”. He continued, “We felt then, as many of us do now, that we can’t trouble ourselves to make the adjustment that the rest of the world has been making and has made. There are consequences to it and there have been consequences to it.”. Other reasons given for metrication in Barbados are to improve the competitiveness of the Barbados economy, diversify the economy and reduce national reliance on the tourism sector as the main source of economic growth.
Let’s hope that the British Government learns important lessons about Barbados’ motivation to go metric.
We would like to thank regular Metric Views reader Ezra Steinberg for bringing to our attention metrication efforts in Barbados. In a comment on the “First metrication reversal since Napoleon?” article, he writes “How ironic that this UK government wants to go backwards in measurement whilst Barbados is moving forward from Imperial to metric. Hurrah for Barbados! Time for the UK to catch up.”. We agree. Well said, Ezra.
You can read the full report on Barbados’ Nation News website at:
https://www.nationnews.com/2022/10/05/metrology-bill-help-avoid-financial-leakage/ (“Metrology Bill to help avoid financial “leakage”” by Jonteau Coppin, published on 5 October 2022)