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Dozens of physicians converged on Grand Bahama Island this past week for the 2016 Regenera Global Medical Conference, under the theme: Redefining the Practice. The 3-day conference hosted by Regenera Global, in partnership with The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), provided a platform where renowned industry leaders discussed pertinent issues facing the regenerative medicine industry.

Ian Rolle, President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), brought welcome remarks during the conference’s opening ceremony on Friday past; whilst Derek Newbold, Sr. Manager of Business Development and Invest Grand Bahama, presented at a pre-conference workshop on Thursday. Although speaking on two separate days, the message was clear, “Get Better in Grand Bahama” as touted by both.

Dozens of Licencees of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), are taking their companies from local to global as a result of the company’s recent “Websites 101” training initiative, held at Pelican Bay Hotel last Thursday. Eager attendees gained the necessary tools to create interactive and successful websites that customers will be more inclined to visit, allowing them to tap into a thriving online sales industry.

According to Derek Newbold, Sr. Manager of Business Development and Invest Grand Bahama, this teeming consumer pool can increase sales for businesses as persons will be able to view various products or services that a business has to offer simply by accessing a company’s website.

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Delegation members of the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce (GHBCC) began arriving on island on Saturday past, to further discussions regarding investment interests in Freeport.   This visit comes on the heels of a recent Trade Mission to Houston comprised of executives of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), and the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC), back in early May.

“GBPA is delighted to co-host this visit by the GHBCC to Grand Bahama, in partnership with the GBCC,” commented President Rolle.

The Grand Bahama Sports Promotion Association (GBSPA) is putting forth their effort to revitalize the sport of golf in Grand Bahama. 

Following the success of the Mychal “Sweet Bells” Thompson/Fred Higgs Invitational Golf Classic, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Fred Sturrup and Ambrose Gouthoro, the GBSPA was formed.

Now, two years in, the GBSPA announced this Monday that the first annual Edward St. George Memorial Invitational Golf Tournament would transpire September 23-25, 2016. The tournament will take place at the Reef Golf Course. 

The tournament will feature 20 four-person teams. The best two scores on each team will count toward to the team’s score. It will be handicapped and a special presentation has been designated for the 14th hole of the course. Other activities have been planned for the tournament.

Licencees of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), now have another opportunity to advance their businesses through e-Commerce, as Port officials announced a WEBSITES 101 Training Workshop for Licencees during a press conference on Thursday.

LaShawn Dames, Business Services Manager for GBPA’s Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB), and project organizer, said that Licencees will receive interactive, hands on training during the event. “Our recent e-Commerce workshop received an overwhelming response from participants. Licencees were simply excited to learn that through Bank of The Bahamas, they could now receive payments online, directly into their B$ account,” she stated.


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.



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.



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.