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Bahamas Economic Recovery Committee revealed over the weekend

Dr. Hubert Minnis, Bahamas Prime Minister during House of Assembly, Monday April 27. BIS PHOTO

#TheBahamas – April 29, 2020 –The Cabinet Office today announced that Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis has appointed an Economic Recovery Committee.

The public-private Committee will make recommendations to the Cabinet on the long-term economic recovery of The Bahamas economy, including job-creation and stimulating small business recovery and development in response to COVID-19.

John Rolle, Governor, Central Bank of The Bahamas

The Committee will focus on restoring the macroeconomy; restarting a competitive business environment; economic diversification; tourism and transport; financial services and labour.

The Co-Chairs of the Committee are Acting Financial Secretary Mr. Marlon Johnson and businessman Mr. Ken Kerr, CEO, Providence Advisors.

The Committee is representative of a diversity of public and private sector entities.

In addition to the Co-Chairs, members of the Committee include:

Mr. John Rolle, Governor, Central Bank of The Bahamas

Mrs. Wendy Craigg, former Central Bank Governor; Advisor, Ministry of Finance

Wendy Craigg, former Central Bank Governor/Advisor to Bahamas Ministry of Finance

Ms. Christina Rolle, Executive Director, Securities Commission of The Bahamas

Mrs. Davinia Blair-Grant, Executive Director, Small Business Development Centre

Mr. John Delaney, Q.C., Senior Partner, Delaney Partners

Mrs. Khrystle Rutherford-Ferguson, Chair, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Federation

Mr. Greg Laroda, Chair, Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce

Mrs. Suzanne Pattusch, Executive Vice-president, Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association

Suzanne Pattusch, Executive VP, Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association

Ms. Tanya McCartney, Executive Director, Bahamas Financial Services Board

Mr. Nat Beneby, former Managing Director, RBC Royal Bank

Mr. Patrick Ward, President/CEO, Bahamas First General Insurance Co.

Mr. Edison Sumner, Principal, Sumner Trading Partners

Mr. Franklyn Butler, CEO/President, Cable Bahamas Ltd.

Mr. Obie Ferguson, President, Bahamas Trade Union Congress

Mr. Matt Aubry, Executive Director, Organization for Responsible Governance

Edison Sumner, former President of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation

 “The Committee should be bold and creative in its recommendations,” said Prime Minister Minnis. “We are in a new era.  We need to think and act in new ways in order to recover as quickly as possible and to build a more dynamic and diverse economy.  We have to enhance the use of digital technologies and delivery services.”

The Prime Minister said that just as The Bahamas is seeing the local production of hand sanitizer, masks and other health care products, the Government will promote more domestic production, and manufacturing where possible.  This includes greater food production.

Matt Aubry, Organisation for Responsible Government, ORG

“I look forward to the ideas, policies and programs the Committee will recommend to help The Bahamas to recover and to create jobs and more entrepreneurial opportunities, including for young Bahamians.” Prime Minister Minnis noted.

The Prime Minister thanked the Committee members for agreeing to serve and to help provide a way forward for the country in response to the many challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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26 April 2020

Cabinet Office

Commonwealth of The Bahamas

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