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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.

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.

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.

Executives of The Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited (GBPA) have partnered with the local Call Centre operator, Island Outsourcers, a subsidiary of iTelBPO Solutions out of Jamaica, to prepare hundreds of future Grand Bahama graduates for employment and future careers in the island’s Call Center & Business Processing Outsourcing industry.

The initiative referred to as the ‘Contact Center Education Initiative’ was introduced last week Thursday during the final school year meeting of the Grand Bahama Principal’s Association  at Freeport Gospel Chapel School.

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.

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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