8th November 2015 – Freeport, Grand Bahama: As the anticipation steadily grows throughout the business community for the upcoming ‘Hubei China To The Bahamas – Investment & Trade Mission” scheduled for 29th November – 2nd December 2015, businesses on both Grand Bahama and New Providence, have united their resources to ensure that the four day initiative is a successful venture that could possibly open the door to a reservoir of opportunities for Bahamian entrepreneurs and established business owners throughout The Bahamas.
A network of private businesses and organizations has signed on as partners to the Investment and Trade Mission which is being led by Hubei Province Government Officials and consists of a delegation of executives representing various enterprises in Hubei China.
Companies coming on board to support this business development initiative include The Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, Sunshine Holdings Limited, Sharon Wilson & Co. Attorneys-at-Law Notaries Public, Mychal Thompson Foundation, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce & Employers’ Confederation, The Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort, Maecal Electronics, A Social Affair, and Derek Carroll Photography. Media Partners include The Freeport News, Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas, The Bahamas Weekly, Keen I Media, Mackey Media Ltd, Happenings Around Town, and Bahama Buy & Sell.
The growing list of companies that have already pledged their support and resources to the event is a strong indicator of the appeal of the initiative that allows Bahamian businesses to take advantage of this direct link to import, export, market research, and sales and distribution channels with Hubei Province.
Organized and co-sponsored by Immerse Bahamas, in conjunction with the Ministry for Grand Bahama, The Grand Bahama Port Authority and The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, the mission is described as a great opportunity for the representatives to meet one-on-one with Bahamian business owners to discuss potential investment opportunities in The Bahamas. “The Mission not only presents the opportunity for match-making with Hubei enterprises, but with the proposed signing of the MOU between the China Council for Promotion of International Trade [CCPIT], Sub-Council, Hubei and The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, the door is open for continuous exchange of trade and economic cooperation,” said Ginger Moxey, President and CEO of Immerse Bahamas.
“What we will witness, as a result of this initiative, is the development of a number of business relationships; an enlightenment of the opportunities; and a collaborative effort to promote education, trade and economic expansion opportunities for both The Bahamas and Hubei China,” Moxey continued.
Grand Bahama Island was chosen as an ideal “match making” destination for the Trade Mission by CCPIT Hubei, as a part of their ‘Entering America’ initiative, largely because of the island’s industrial attributes. Interested persons can register with the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce.
Woman dies on Tuesday; 32nd Covid Death for Turks & Caicos
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos has recorded its 32nd death related to COVID-19.
The person, who we are told is a special needs young woman – was unvaccinated and had underlying medical conditions.
The death rate in the Turks and Caicos of both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons has climbed alarmingly this year. In the 21-month period from March 2020 when the country recorded its first case to December 2021, there were 26 deaths recorded in the TCI.
In the 19 days since the start of 2022 that number has increased to 32; which means six deaths already in January.
Cruising should slow down says PAHO
By Dana Malcolm
‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.
“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”
Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.
Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.
A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.
Cayman gets its second ‘Sir’; former Premier Alden McLaughlin knighted on Jan 1
By Dana Malcolm
#Cayman, January 20, 2022 – Former Premier of Cayman Alden McLaughlin was knighted at the start of 2022; named in the Queen’s New Year Honors List. He is only the second Caymanian to have ever received a knighthood from her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Current Governor, Martyn Roper extended congratulations saying, “This is an outstanding personal achievement for former Premier McLaughlin, one of the most important and impactful political leaders in Cayman over the last 21 years. It is a significant moment for our islands. This historic award is only the second ever Knighthood to a Caymanian since the first in the 1990s. It is a strong signal of the respect in which Cayman is held and a visible demonstration of the progress Cayman has made as a vibrant democracy with strong good governance foundations.”
Sir McLaughlin, who is also now a QC attorney, served two terms as premier and had a career in politics that spanned 21 years. McLaughlin is known for his role in modernizing Cayman’s constitution.
Current premier G. Wayne Panton described the occasion as a unifying moment for the country saying, This is a day of celebration and great pride for all Caymanians as a son of our soil has been bestowed one of the highest honour. Today marks a new and most unique storyline in the history of the Cayman Islands. In considering the rarity and magnitude of this occasion, this is certainly a unifying moment for our community.”
Sir Alden McLaughlin, 60, was appointed as a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George on January 1, 2022.
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