Delegates from over 27 countries are expected to attend the much-anticipated Bahamas International Investment and Business Forum this week in Grand Bahama.
The two-day conclave kicks-off today at the Grand Lucayan Resort, under the theme ‘At the Crossroads of 21st Century Trade and Investment.’
The international conference is jointly sponsored by the government, the Commonwealth Business Council and The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA).
Prime Minister Perry Christie is scheduled to deliver the keynote address during the official opening ceremony.
The prime minister’s presentation is expected to set the tone for intensive discussions to follow.
“The forum is global in its outlook as we seek to attract businesses and investors from the region and around the world, with a focus on Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas,” said GBPA Chairman, Ian Fair.
“Therefore, we are extremely encouraged by the diversity in our registered delegates from both domestic and international business.”
Public and private sector attendees are expected from: The Bahamas; Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; Brazil; Canada; Dominican Republic; Germany; Ghana; Haiti; India; Jamaica; Nigeria; Norway; Pakistan; Switzerland; Trinidad & Tobago; United Kingdom; the United States, and several other countries.
Other key presenters include several Bahamian government ministers, as well as foreign diplomats from Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
Noteworthy topics centre on opportunities for investors, maritime industries, developing affordable and sustainable energy, regional integration and trade, banking and financial services, tourism, real estate and leisure, and education and skills.
With its aim to showcase The Bahamas, and Grand Bahama in particular, as a global investment destination of choice, Mr. Fair’s remarks ‘Investing in Grand Bahama: Unlocking the Potential’ intends to outline Freeport’s unique business advantages and its numerous success stories.
“Over the past 18-36 months there has been significant growth with expansions, ownership changes and new business. My presentation will provide an overview of the state of the local economy and significant opportunities for further trade and investment,” he said.
Pre-registration for the forum ended yesterday.
Individuals wishing to attend can also register today beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the Convention Centre, at the Grand Lucayan Resort.