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 Hurricane relief aid began arriving on Grand Bahama earlier this week by way of a coordinated effort between Samaritan’s Purse International Relief (SPIR) and Karazim Ministries, with The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) as project facilitators. The humanitarian relief effort was organized by local church ministers, Raoul Armbrister, SPIR Regional Manager for North & Central American and the Caribbean, along with Karen Armbrister, National Coordinator for Christmas Child, to assist families adversely impacted by the recent hurricane. 

“Matthew was a massive storm, predicted to produce exceptionally high winds, storm surge, along with the possibility of tornadic activity, most of which this island had not seen in many years,” cited Raoul Armbrister.

Thank you very much for the opportunity to bring brief remarks on behalf of The Grand Bahama Port Authority on this significant occasion.

It was the Prime Minister who back in May of this year said: “It has become abundantly clear that in order to help the economy of Freeport to grow and to develop, in line with the original purpose of the HCA, large sums of new capital …. are required to drive expansion of existing businesses and the introduction of new ones.”

It was the Prime Minster’s determination to bring about a paradigm shift through the sourcing of new capital that fostered the strategic action of Government on this MOU. I must, therefore, express our sincere thanks first to the Prime Minister, and to Minister Halkitis and Minster Darville who are both here today, and without whose input and effort this MOU would not have been possible.

In true Warriors fashion, seniors at the Bishop Michael Eldon High School (BMES), were the first to participate in the Contact Center Education Initiative (CCEI), a partnership project recently launched by The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), and local Call Center operators, Island Outsourcers/itelBPO Solutions.

On Friday, 9th September, BMES held its first CCEI class consisting of approximately thirty-nine 12th grade Advance Placement (AP) students. According to the school’s Vice Principal Sophia Howden, the CCEI aligns well with the school’s vision regarding international certifications.

The annual Abaco Business Outlook Conference (ABO), hosted by The Counsellors Limited (TCL) is known as the premier event of the business year for locals of Abaco. This year’s event would be no different, as scores of business owners from around the country, assembled at the Abaco Beach Resort this past Thursday to hear from prominent community leaders, a forecasted outlook of both challenges and opportunities, for the island’s economy over the next twelve months. 

The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, brought the keynote address, followed by a prominent line-up of local businessmen. However, of significant note on this year’s speaker platform was Derek Newbold, Sr. Manager of Business Development at The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA). 

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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