More than two years ago, year-round warm weather and a new job were among the reasons why I decided to return to Barbados from America. I ignored criticisms that I was making a huge mistake by giving up a “better life” to return to “backward Barbados” (their words, not mine). And I am happy I did.
However, there is one thing I would like to change about my back-at-home experience. My 2018 wish is that we would use technology more to eliminate inconveniences and improve efficiency.
So friends, here is my list of 20 things I want to do online through companies and Government agencies in Barbados–but can’t.
- Renew my driver’s license
- Apply for, and renew, my passport
- Order, and pay for, groceries
- Book a service for my car
- Buy movie tickets
- Book a salon appointment
- Book a medical appointment
- Sign up to pay all my utility bills, and then
- Pay said bills with a credit / debit card
- Send payments to my friends and family
- Book, and pay for, visits to places of interest
- Change or update my address (at Government agencies and businesses)
- Register a business
- Report infrastructure issues (broken street lights, traffic lights, etc.)
- Report littering and illegal dumping
- Sign up, and pay for, gym memberships
- Securely access my health records
- View schedules for public services such as garbage pickup
- Get reliable information about opening hours
- Pay traffic fines (if I ever get one)
Of course, it wouldn’t be right if I ended this post without pointing out what I can do online. I am grateful that I can:
- book a spa appointment via Atera Boutique Spa.
- pay insurance premiums with a credit card, get a quote and review my policy (Thanks, CGI!)
- make restaurant reservations.
- buy tickets for most events thanks to services like TicketPal and Ready Ticket.
- order, and pay for, takeout meals
- shop for home décor (Take a bow, Dwellings and Walkers World!)
Now I know that some items on my wishlist require significant Government reforms and corporate projects to make them happen. Others call for small changes and innovations that can lead to big savings in time and money for both the service provider and the consumer/ citizen.
Here’s hoping the right people read this, and rise to the challenge of making 2018 a year of digital improvements for Barbados.
Thanks for reading! What would you add to either of these lists? Drop me a line in the comments section.