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Grand Bahama businesses now have an ally in the city of Houston, Texas, as executives of Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce (GHBCC), The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC), forged a partnership of collaboration and trade between the two.

This past week, GBCC President Kevin Seymour,  Derek Newbold, GBPA Sr. Manager of Business Development and Invest Grand Bahama (IGB) and  Mr. K. Peter Turnquest,  Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama, and past GBCC President, traveled to Houston  for a trade mission hosted and  organized by GBHCC executive board and presiding Chairman,  Courtney Johnson-Rose.

We refer to the recent judgment handed down by Justice Indra H. Charles in respect of the Application for Judicial Review filed on behalf of Messrs. Frederick Smith QC and Carey Leonard challenging the manner in which the consultation process was conducted by the Hawksbill Creek Agreement Review Committee.

The Invest Grand Bahama (IGB) Promotional Unit of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), led by Sr. Manager of Business Development, Derek Newbold, met with executives of the Atlanta Business League (ABL) earlier this month, while in Atlanta, Georgia, for the 2016 MODEX and Supply Chain & Transportation conference.

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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