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The Downtown area buzzed with excitement as executives of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), and its Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB), hosted its ‘Back to School DJ Jam Fest’, on Pioneers Way. This event was the first in a series of family centered activities planned for the month of August, to promote shopping local for back to school.

The Invest Grand Bahama Unit of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited lead a delegation, comprised of executives of itelBPO Solutions, to the 17th Annual Call Centre Week, which represents the industry’s largest conference and exposition in North America.  The companies joined forces to represent the Ultra-NearShore solution in terms of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), as exemplified by itelBPO’s call centre presence in Freeport, Grand Bahama. According to Derek Newbold, Senior Business Development Manager at GBPA, Call Centre Week 2016 provided an exceptional opportunity to showcase the Island of Grand Bahama with its close proximity to the US mainland, great cultural affinity with North America, strong education and professionalism, and competitive price-point, which makes for an unparalleled new offering in the call centre industry.

Today we celebrate a historical milestone and honour those remarkable persons who set the stage for a new Sovereign Nation carved into a Declaration of Independence signed 43 years ago in 1973.  This gave expression to an efficient and dignified Constitutional Democracy and Justice System.  It is exemplified in all aspects of economic, religious, political and social life that are uniquely Bahamian and that are the foundation of this Bahamas which marches confidently towards its fifth decade. On the 40th Anniversary of Independence the Prime Minister, The Right Hon Perry Christie, urged this Sovereign Nation and its people to heed the words of Timothy Gibson in the National Anthem and those of Rev. Philip Rahming in the Pledge of Allegiance to continue our noble journey as “one people united in love and service”. 

Freeport not Fee port 

Good morning Everyone - Distinguished Guests, my GBPA Colleagues and Friends!

First let’s show our appreciation to Kevin Seymour and everyone at the Chamber for these lunch meetings?! We all enjoy them and I’d like to say a big thank you for inviting me here today to speak. In fact, turning it down wasn’t an option with Kevin and Mercynth, but I’m truly honoured you’ve all come today - as I guess the only thing more alarming than an audience is no audience at all! My father Edward always encouraged the Chamber to play its part in bringing investors to Freeport and we are all in this together!

Of course I believe, and I think you all believe, that Freeport should be the Free Trade Zone it was intended to be. We need to catch up with our competitors in the Region. We need to add to the Public Purse through growth not fees. So I’m loosely calling this “Freeport not Fee port”. 

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and The Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited (GBU) wishes to respond to statements made by Mr. Shuffel Hepburn, as a guest, on a radio talk show hosted by Mr Wendall Jones on Wednesday, 29th June.

The public should be aware that Mr. Hepburn is prosecuting a lawsuit against The Grand Bahama Utility Company before the Supreme Court in which he has made certain allegations regarding the operation of the Chesapeake Waste Water Treatment Plant. Mr Hepburn claims have been comprehensively answered by GBU in the pending litigation.

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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