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P M to Headline Bahamas Business Outlook 2018 The 27th Annual Bahamas Business Outlook is set to take place Thursday, 18 January at the Baha Mar Resort. Slated to deliver the keynote, Prime Minister the Honourable Dr Hubert A Minnis, will lead a multi-sector group of speakers, who will explore the theme “Creating A World-Class Bahamas” with specific reference to the nation’s economic challenges and opportunities. In addition to Dr Minnis, presenters include John Rolle, Governor of the Central Bank, who will discuss “The Relaxation Of Exchange Controls”; Mike Maura, Jr, President, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce; Joy Jibrilu, Director General, Ministry of Tourism: and Dr Kenneth Jonathan A. Rodgers, who is billed as an “Entrepreneurial Bahamian Eye Surgeon with a Reputation for Economic Commentary”; Judith Whitehead, Managing Partner, Graham, Thompson & Co and Carlos Palacious, Director of Operations, Caribbean Coastal Services. The latter two will discuss “Bahamas Investments Through Law Opportunities” and “Hurricane Preparedness” respectively. An important all female panel focused on “Entrepreneurship” will comprise Gandhi Pinder, Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations, Gilgan Holdings; Kay-Andra Gardiner, Vice President & Director of Sales, Zamar Group Companies Limited and Janet Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer, Brownstone Group. Zev Crystal, CEO of Sustainable Energy Limited will present “A Model For The World — A Small Island Nation Self Sufficient In Energy”. At the end of the day Kristie Powell, Senior Technical Account Manager at Google, Inc. will host a technology workshop. The customary “Vision” presentation, which is intended to spark innovation in our developmental efforts, will be delivered by Lawrence Bascom, the new Chairman of the Bahamas National Art Gallery, a businessman, and someone who has enjoyed years of a stellar career in the financial services industry at home and internationally. The moderators for the daylong forum will be Zhivargo Laing, a former Minister of Finance and host of the popular radio talk show “Z Live: Off The Record” and Cherrylee Pinder, CEO, CP Training & Consulting. Joan Albury, President, TCL Group, founder and chief organizer of the Business Outlook Series, commented on the January forum: “We are pleased that we will be celebrating the 27th anniversary of Bahamas Business Outlook in a year that presents such great challenges to social and economic development,” said Albury. “At the same time, 2018 offers significant potential for positive change and forward movement. We are honoured that Prime Minister Hubert Minnis has agreed to deliver the keynote address on this year’s theme “Creating A World-Class Bahamas”. “We have also assembled a supporting cast of presenters, each well-respected in his or her professional field. They will address a number of key issues, which we believe will be deciding factors for the quality of our country’s future, among them climate change and hurricanes, entrepreneurship and technology. We expect an exciting event. “Over nearly three decades, we have continued BBO and expanded into a seven-island series, driven by the belief that progress needs an informed population, working together harmoniously. “These conferences promote the necessary integration of economy-building efforts throughout the country. Each Outlook, whether in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Andros, Eleuthera, Exuma or Long Island, permits members of the public to hear directly from leaders regarding the challenges that face us, their plans for inspiring and stimulating production and growth in the major economic sectors,” said Albury. “We are grateful to the sponsors who have helped us to keep Business Outlook alive and progressing.” Interested persons may contact The Counsellors Ltd at 322-1000; or for further information and reservations.