Left to right: Mr. Winston Rolle, CEO, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce; Alex Sokoloff, the U.S. Embassy’s Political/Economic and Commercial Chief and Mr. Chester Cooper, Chairman of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce.
On Wednesday, May
16, the Embassy’s Political/Economic and Commercial Chief Alex Sokoloff
and the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Chairman Chester Cooper held a
press conference to announce two “International Trade and Financing
Seminars” to be held in Nassau and in Freeport May 22-24. The events
are co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
and Employers Confederation, and the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce.
to Mr. Sokoloff, the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) has shifted its focus
from multi-million dollar deals to include a larger share of small
short-to-medium term loans structured for small and medium sized
enterprises (SME’s). He stated that the United States Embassy is proud
to partner with both Chambers of Commerce to get Bahamian entrepreneurs
the tools needed to access capital in a rebounding economy.
The seminars in Nassau and Freeport will feature Luis Castillo a registered broker for Export-Import Bank, Global Trade and Financing,
who will discuss Ex-Im financing programs that are now available to
SME’s. James Hunt, MITA Group president, angel investor, and
tech-industry expert will deliver the keynote in Nassau. United States
Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires John Dinkelman will deliver remarks at the
Nassau Sheraton Resort on May 22 and in Freeport at the Pelican Bay
Hotel on May 24.
U.S. Embassy’s support of the two events is part of the U.S.
government’s global business strategy known as the National Export
Initiative (NEI), which was launched by President Obama in March 2010.
The primary goals of NEI are promoting stronger and balanced global
growth and fostering increased trade.