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Dear Friends,

Into this season of peace, joy and goodwill bursts the great hope and promise of the New Year. Christmas or Christ’s Mass inspires us to give thanks, to rejoice and to reflect like the Shepherds and Magi of the Nativity story. We treasure the good days and survive the challenging ones and we continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in the Southern Islands who are still suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin.

2015 brought both sunset and a new dawn to Freeport. As we celebrate the milestone 60th Anniversary of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, where do we go from here? The Grand Bahama Port Authority will be working assiduously with Government to reach consensus and closure regarding extension of certain expiring concessions; the goal being to create the most conducive and dynamic environment for other investment in Freeport, to provide meaningful jobs and increased opportunities for all in Grand Bahama. 

This past Friday, busy shoppers flocked to the downtown area to witness the first ever laser light show in Downtown Freeport.  The historical feature was part of the Downtown Freeport Business Association's (DFBA), 2nd annual Midnight Madness event, and a partnership initiative of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited’s (GBPA) Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB).

Executives of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited, (GBPA) are hopeful that a partnership with The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (MoT), and the Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC), would provide sufficient leverage, to secure Grand Bahama Island as the location for the 2017 World Congress of Certified Management Consultants (WCCMC).

The Regulatory Framework established between GBPC and GBPA was created with residents in mind; this framework brings improved transparency to the rate regulation process. As the independent regulator of the power sector, GBPA has responsibility to approve the rate structure of GBPC and to ensure operational standards are in line with international prudent utility practice.

Member delegates at the 2015 conference of Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC), heard firsthand the benefits of Grand Bahama’s Free Trade Zone (FTZ) for regional and international investors. The 3-day annual symposium took place in the nation’s capital October 16th - 18th, bringing together dozens of CICMC members and delegates from neighboring Caribbean jurisdictions.


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.