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“Special Economic Zones have existed for centuries. They have contributed to economic reform through job creation, human capital development and GDP growth for the countries they are domiciled in,” stated Derek Newbold, Sr. Manager of Business Development for The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and Invest Grand Bahama (IGB), as he presented at the closing session of the 2017 Source Direct at ASD event, in Las Vegas, Nevada last week.

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) Vice Chairman, Sarah St George (centre), and GBPA President, Ian Rolle (second right), were pleased to welcome Senator the Hon. Carl W. Bethel QC (second left), Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, on his first official visit to Grand Bahama, together with Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama (far right) and the Hon. Elsworth N. Johnson MP, Minister of State for Legal Affairs (far left). Also present were Garvin Gaskin, Director of Public Prosecutions, Antionette Bonamy, Director of Legal Affairs, Marco Rolle, Permanent Secretary to the Office of the Attorney General, Deann Seymour, GBPA Chief Financial officer, and Nakira Wilchcombe, Director of GBPA Building & Development Services.

 Ian Rolle, President of the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) met with Logos Hope’s advanced planning team to discuss their upcoming visit to Grand Bahama, and the potential unique opportunities this ship’s arrival will bring to numerous Grand Bahamians. On 29th July, 2017, the world's largest floating book fair will dock at the Freeport Harbour, with an impressive collection of over 5,000 affordable books for purchase, as well as access to many fun-filled events on board. The Logos Hope invites the people of Freeport to take full advantage of this event and to join the festivities until their departure on 6th August, 2017.  Logos Hope is operated by GBA (Good Books for All) Ships e.V., an international charitable organization registered in Germany. Since its launch in 1970, this organization has welcomed over 45 million visitors in more than 150 countries worldwide.

The spotlight on customer service remains a focal point of the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) through the My Grand Bahama campaign, an initiative of the Invest Grand Bahama Promotional Unit.

The My Grand Bahama campaign is designed to address ways to improve customer service on the island of Grand Bahama.   The initiative has received a positive response from employees and employers, including government entities.  Senior Manager of Business Development for GBPA and Invest Grand Bahama, Derek Newbold, praised business owners and government organizations for their support.  Newbold said, “We remain impressed by the level of support from our licensees and government entities who have embraced the My Grand Bahama customer service training program.  Their responses have been positively overwhelming and that speaks to the fact that we are taking a much needed first step to identify and address training needs that directly support business success.”

With just under five weeks to go, The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and its Invest Grand Bahama (IGB) promotional unit says that plans are well underway to feature the benefits of doing business on Grand Bahama, at the 2017 Source Direct at ASD Trade show & Expo.  The 4-day event is slated for July 30th – August 2nd, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.

GBPA’s Sr. Manager of Business Development and Invest Grand Bahama, Derek Newbold, notes that the event presents a wide range of opportunities for attracting key industries to Grand Bahama. “Source Direct at ASD is one of the world’s largest and best known manufacturers, wholesalers and buyers event globally,” he explained.

ABOUT GBPA


The Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) gave GBPA responsibility for the development, administration and management, and provision of services within an area called the 'Port Area' (230 sq. miles). GBPA was mandated by this Agreement to build a deep water harbour, an industrial community and required infrastructure for the City.

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


GBPA has achieved an astonishing amount since its inception in 1955.  When first created it was a Grand Bahamian business conglomerate charged not only with land and commercial development but also with all the regulatory and administrative functions of the Freeport/Lucaya.

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THE WAY FORWARD


Firstly, I wish to thank Joan Albury and the Counsellors for this platform enabling us to share with the Grand Bahama community, the outlook for our island! 2015 marks the 60th year of the birth of Freeport and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement; 60 years of a partnership between The Government of The Bahamas and The Grand Bahama Port Authority. I'm here to raise hopes for 2015 and to lay a few popular myths to rest - For those who don't know me, I am Sarah St George.

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