An air of expectancy surrounded the Bay Street, St Michael area, as Barbadians welcomed a new cabinet to office.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley says tough decisions lie ahead, but for now, many Barbadians are hopeful.
The social partners in Barbados are committed to the island's fixed exchange rate and preserving the value of the country's dollar.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley says that's one issue on which they all agreed, at Monday's meeting of the social partnership.
The Barbados Workers' Union is optimistic there will be a more meaningful engagement with the government.
That's the sense of BWU General Secretary, Toni Moore, following Monday morning's meeting of the social partnership.
She says there was a very frank exchange about the current state of affairs, where they want the country to be, and how they intend to get there.
Ms Moore says she's encouraged by the approach.