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The annual Abaco Business Outlook Conference (ABO), hosted by The Counsellors Limited (TCL) is known as the premier event of the business year for locals of Abaco. This year’s event would be no different, as scores of business owners from around the country, assembled at the Abaco Beach Resort this past Thursday to hear from prominent community leaders, a forecasted outlook of both challenges and opportunities, for the island’s economy over the next twelve months. 

The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, brought the keynote address, followed by a prominent line-up of local businessmen. However, of significant note on this year’s speaker platform was Derek Newbold, Sr. Manager of Business Development at The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA). 

In true Warriors fashion, seniors at the Bishop Michael Eldon High School (BMES), were the first to participate in the Contact Center Education Initiative (CCEI), a partnership project recently launched by The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), and local Call Center operators, Island Outsourcers/itelBPO Solutions.

On Friday, 9th September, BMES held its first CCEI class consisting of approximately thirty-nine 12th grade Advance Placement (AP) students. According to the school’s Vice Principal Sophia Howden, the CCEI aligns well with the school’s vision regarding international certifications.

As the new school year gets underway in a few days, hundreds of 12th graders on Grand Bahama will have fresh opportunities to effectively prepare themselves for either higher education, or post-graduation employment opportunities; owing to a new skills based training initiative created to support Grand Bahama’s recently established Call Center Industry. 

In May of this year, officials of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and Island Outsourcers/itelBPO Solutions, partnered to develop and introduce the Contact Center Education Initiative (CCEI). The program is geared toward equipping graduates with meaningful results, driven by enhanced employability skills to support the island’s Contact Center sector, but will also prove as an asset to every local employer.

Downtown Freeport blazed on Friday night as vocalists vied for the grand prize of $1,000.00, during The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited’s (GBPA), “Back to School Vocalist Competition”.  The event marked the third in a series of events planned for every Friday in the month of August, themed “Back to School Family Fridays” (BTS Fridays), promoting GBPA’s BUY Local, SHOP at HOME message. 

“All of the events to-date have been great, and I am excited to see the participation for the Vocalist Competition,” shared Ian Rolle, GBPA President. “The BTS Friday’s initiative has done well for building family friendly entertainment and activities in the city’s center, whilst creating an excellent opportunity for merchants to promote their businesses, improve sales and to connect with new and existing customers,” added Rolle. 

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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