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‘Test Your Talent’ was the theme of Friday night’s vocalist competition at the Port Lucaya Marketplace, where more than a dozen competitors took to the stage, vying for the grand prize of $1,000 cash. For nearly two hours residents and visitors were wowed by a spectacular display of local talent, while enjoying live performances from some of the country’s best entertainers.

The event was hosted by The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and its Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB), in partnership with ‘A Taste of Port Lucaya’, an initiative of the Office of the Prime Minister on Grand Bahama.

Sr. Manager of Business Development for GBPA and Invest Grand Bahama, Derek Newbold, notes that the vocalist competition was the 2nd in a line-up of several “Back to School Family Friday” events (BTS Friday) planned for the months of August and September.

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.

“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 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.”

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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