Key Figures

Chief of State:
President Dame Sandra Mason
Head of Government:
President Dame Sandra Mason

Overview

Government Name:
Barbados
Constitution:
Adopted: 1966; Elaborates upon basic structure and power of both government officials and branches, and also discusses finance, public service, and citizenship in Barbados. Most recently amended in 2003.
Government Type:
Parliamentary Democracy and a Commonwealth Realm
Barbados Flag
Coat of Arms of Barbados

Index of Economic Freedom

Grades each country on a scale of 0 to 100, based on ten freedoms, with 100 representing the greatest amount of economic autonomy from government intervention. Source: Heritage Foundation (2019)

Country Risk Rating

There is no Country Risk Rating for Barbados

Government Branches

Main Powers Election Process Election Cycle 1
Executive

The President will hold Executive power. The now current, and first, president of Barbados is Sandra Mason.

Elected by two-thirds majority vote of a joint House of Assembly and Senate session.

TBD

Judicial

The independent judiciary is composed of magistrates' courts, which are statutorily authorized, and a supreme court, which is constitutionally mandated. The supreme court consists of the high court and the court of appeal, each having four judges.

The supreme court of judicature judges are appointed by the service commissions for the judicial and legal service.

Mandatory retirement age of 65

Legislative

There is both a House of Assembly and the Senate. As more information becomes available, it will be updated on this page.

TBD

TBD

Regional Trade Blocs

International Organization Participation [2]

Environmental Agreements [3]

Tax Information [2]

Tax Authority:
Customs and Excise Department
Tax Name:
VAT

Sources:

  1. ElectionGuide http://www.electionguide.org/
  2. EY, http://www.ey.com
  3. CIA World Factbook, https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/
  4. U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/