Junkanoo Coin Presented to Namibia Ambassador
- Apr 2, 2017 - 11:59:22 AM
Mr. Edison Sumner (right), CEO of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, is
pictured presenting a Bahamian $10:00 medallion Junkanoo coin from the
Central Bank of The Bahamas to His Excellency Martin Andjaba, Ambassador
of the Republic of Namibia to the United States, after he was presented
with his credentials as the Honorary Consul for Namibia to The Bahamas
during a ceremony on Thursday, March 30, at the Embassy of Namibia, 1605
New Hampshire Ave, N.W. At left is His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry,
Bahamas Ambassador to the United States...
Scholarships to help students ‘Rebuild’ family islands
- Sep 8, 2016 - 6:30:01 AM
Fifteen students from Family Islands impacted by hurricane Joaquin have
been granted scholarships to attend The Bahamas Technical and Vocational
Institution, courtesy of the Rebuild Bahamas Hurricane Relief program.
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) in
partnership with Rotary clubs of The Bahamas recently awarded each of
the 15 students with $1,000 scholarships. The recipients represent Long
Island Acklins, Crooked Island, Inagua and San Salvador, with eight
hailing from Long Island alone...
Businesses open, boats re-floated, hundreds back at work thanks to Rebuild Bahamas
- Mar 5, 2016 - 9:58:04 AM
The famed Long Island fishing fleet is slowly returning to the sea,
businesses are opening their doors and stocking their shelves, contracts
are being let and hundreds of men and women are back at work as
commerce begins its welcome recovery from the worst hurricane to hit the
southern Bahamas in history.
The positive report detailing how
far the work has come – and how far it still has to go -- was revealed
at a Rebuild Bahamas press conference today at the Bahamas Chamber of
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce meets with gov't to discuss business license requirements
- Feb 3, 2016 - 6:11:46 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Executives from The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
and Employer’s Confederation (BCCEC) met with officials of the Ministry
of Finance on Friday, January 28th to discuss the new requirements for
The BCCEC was concerned that the new requirements
placed an unnecessary financial and administrative burden on small and
micro businesses (i.e. businesses with a turnover of less than $400,000)
and the new timelines for certification of turnover by January 31st was
too tight and unreasonable for full compliance...
Minister Darville remarks at Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Installation Banquet
- Jan 31, 2016 - 11:35:16 PM
Remarks by The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville Minister for Grand Bahaman on
the occasion of The Annual Banquet and installation of officers of The
Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Saturday, 30th January, 2016:
Several businesses are undergoing upgrades, such as Bahama Rock, which
has commenced a $9.3 million phased expansion, and other businesses,
such as Caribbean Bottling, Bahamian Brewery and Island Bedding, all
small and medium-sized businesses are following suit.
Some infrastructural work is underway such as the state of the art fire
station, as well as the storage facility at the C.A. Smith Complex,
which are both on schedule and within budget...
Bahamas Chamber Meets with Baha Mar Provisional Liquidators
- Sep 16, 2015 - 11:46:20 AM
Directors and executives of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and
Employers Confederation met with the joint provisional liquidators for
Baha Mar today in an effort to keep the lines of communication flowing
between the business community and the stalled project that is
considered by most to be the single largest influence on business
conditions in the country at this time.
“We know how much work
the joint provisional liquidators have before them so we were pleased
that the Bahamian lead on the liquidators’ team, Edmund Rahming, was
able to sit with us to engage in early discussions about the best way
forward,” said Chamber CEO Edison Sumner...
Bahamas Chamber AGM set for May 20th
- May 13, 2015 - 10:24:07 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Annual General Meeting and Officer Elections: Final Notice.
Wednesday May 20, 2015; 6 pm - 7 pm at Sapodilla Estate
AGM Nominees are here!
Members can go to Sapodilla Estate on West Bay Street to cast their
vote for the next Board of Directors. Only Chamber members in good
standing are allowed to vote.
Why should you become a Member of The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce?
- Apr 6, 2015 - 12:29:19 AM
The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce as with
any other Chamber of Commerce is non-profit action agency designed to
meet the needs of the community. The "Chamber" is a voluntary
organization of individuals and businesses who band together to advance
the commercial, financial industrial and civic interests of a community.
GBCC’s Mission is – “To provide the network, to sustain, promote and
support business development in an effort to encourage growth and
expansion in the Grand Bahama economy and within a healthy and clean
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce calls on Hon. Hope Strachan
- Feb 12, 2015 - 8:09:14 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Chairman of the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) Gowan Bowe, and President of the BCCEC
Edison Sumner paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Financial Services the
Hon. Hope Strachan at the Ministry’s offices on Thursday, February 12.
Pictured from left are Permanent Secretary David
Davis; Legal Advisor/Acting Director of Trade and Industry Keva Bain; President
of BCCEC Edison Sumner; Minister Hope Strachan; and Chairman of BCCEC Gowan
DPM Davis: The Bahamas Energy Policy and Behaviour
- Dec 4, 2014 - 9:55:06 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Remarks by DPM Hon. Philip Brave Davis
Bahamas Energy Security Forum (Sponsored by The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation):
As an Opposition Force, the Progressive
Liberal Party noted that more than 6,000 families were forced to
function daily without electricity, causing untold hardship to families,
and that BEC’s rates made the country uncompetitive in many business
areas. We promised that, should we be called to serve as Government, we
would increase the efficiency of BEC, reduce the cost of electricity to
consumers, and reduce reliance on BEC by encouraging conservation
measures promoting the use of alternative energy...
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce appoints new chairman
- Oct 22, 2014 - 5:57:30 PM
The Board of Directors of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and
Employers' Confederation announces the resignation of Mr. Robert Myers
as Chairman of the BCCEC and Co-Chairman of the Coalition for
Responsible Taxation. The Board is pleased to announce the appointment
of Mr. Gowon Bowe to the position of Chairman with immediate effect.
We wish Mr. Myers and his family all the best in his future
endeavours and express a great sense of gratitude to his stellar
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment
of Mr. Gowon Bowe to the position of Chairman with immediate effect.
VIPs Pack Chamber Event at Palm Cay to Mix, Mingle & Meet Carnival Chiefs
- Oct 8, 2014 - 7:01:47 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - More
than 150 people packed the Billfish Grill at Palm Cay for the recent
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation’s ‘Wind Down,’
its annual mix and mingle for business
owners, top executives and civic leaders.
The drawing card – one of America’s most prominent success stories,
Arnold W. Donald, President & CEO of Carnival Corp., the massive
cruise line company he has steered for less than two years, sailing
through challenges to emerge as a $33 billion corporation
with nine cruise ship brands and 121,000 employees.
Donald’s visit to The Bahamas, along with other Carnival execs, was
arranged by the American Embassy. Donald used the occasion to remind...
Bahamas Chamber Best in Business Awards Nominations Open
- Sep 30, 2014 - 9:14:34 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The
BIBA recognizes the best in Bahamian entrepreneurship honoring business
owners of integrity and businesses that have had the greatest positive
impact on our communities. Nominees must be Chamber members and cannot
nominate themselves. Winners are selected by a committee based on
criteria such as the uniqueness of the business model and level of
positive impact on the community.
The 2014 awards will be presented on Thursday, October 30th at the Sandals Royal Bahamian Ballroom in Nassau.
include: Lifetime Achievement, Male Entrepreneur of the Year, Female
Entrepreneur of the Year, Best New Business of the Year...
Carnival Corp President to Headline Chamber’s Annual Meet ‘n Greet for CEOs at Palm Cay
- Sep 22, 2014 - 4:18:21 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Arnold W. Donald, who heads the $3.6 billion
Carnival Corporation, will headline the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and
Employers’ Confederation annual mix and mingle for business leaders,
movers and shakers at an event being called The Wind Down: Where
Business + Leisure Meet October 2.
The networking reception
focusing on what creates sustainable success is expected to draw a
waiting list of attendees. It will be held at the Billfish Grill at Palm
Cay, the 350-home mixed residential and marina community that has been a
success story in its own right, winning, among other accolades, the
first Bahamas Contractors Association award presented to a development
rather than a contractor...
Bahamas: Position Paper of the Coalition for Responsible Taxation
- Jun 1, 2014 - 11:06:22 AM
Bahamas - Enclosed is the final position paper of the Coalition for
Responsible Taxation. This was communicated to the Prime Minister on 23
May 2014 and discussed in a meeting with him and other Cabinet
Ministers in the Office of the Prime Minister, along with Ministry of
Finance Officials on 26 May 2014. Prior to this, the final report from
Oxford Economics was presented to these individuals.
highlighted in the report, and discussed in our meeting with the Prime
Minister, there is much to be done to achieve the goal of reduction in
fiscal deficits and the overall government debt. The efforts to date
are merely the first leg of a relay and the baton has been passed for
the next phase, which is to focus attention on the wider fiscal reform
including expenditure control, the transparency of decision making
through the appropriate release critical information, and the continued
collaboration with the Private Sector to foster confidence and ensure
the continued success of this great nation...
Sustainable development is good for business
- Apr 8, 2014 - 3:50:41 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The cost of doing business
in the Bahamas would be greatly reduced by the adoption of
environmentally progressive national policies, a Chamber of Commerce
Reporting to the chamber’s national conclave,
environmental attorney Romi Ferreira cited complaints about the high
electricity costs, which he said, are the result of poor planning, a
lack of maintenance and the use of expensive, pollutant-heavy fuel by
the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC)...
Chamber Institute e-Learning Launch Luncheon
- Nov 10, 2013 - 2:16:58 PM
Chamber Institute e-Learning Launch Luncheon takes place
Wednesday, November 19, 2013 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Registration time: 12noon.
Chamber Institute will host an engaging, interactive and informational
luncheon to officially launch its E-Learning Platform and 2014 Training
Rewards program featuring best practices, meaningful strategies and
thought provoking presentations that aim to help organizations improve
their bottom line, competitiveness and learning cultures in coming year...
VAT and Tax Reform Day at BICA's Accountants Week
- Nov 7, 2013 - 10:00:46 AM
From November 11-14,
The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants will be hosting its
annual Accountants Week under the theme 'Broadening Our Expertise To
Support The Changing Economic Environment.'
This year the Bahamas
Institute of Chartered Accountants has partnered with the Ministry of
Finance to host a full day of conferences dedicated to education on
Value Added Tax (VAT) and Tax Reform, on November 11 at the Sheraton
Nassau Beach Resort and Casino. The Ministry of Finance has provided a
line-up of 13 speakers who will be addressing topics from ‘VAT –
Registration & De-registration’ to ‘VAT – Customs Transitional
Arrangements for Implementation Date’.
Bahamas Chamber Team and Home Builders Show team up for the ‘Green Forum’
- Oct 23, 2013 - 12:19:06 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - On
October 25, 2013 the 2013 Bahamas Home and Builders Show & Energy
Expo, co-sponsored by the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’
Confederation, will begin a three-day expo, with the first day dedicated
to “The Green Economy” at the Wyndham Nassau Resort (Baha Mar).
The 2013 Bahamas Home and Builders Show & Energy Expo will showcase
50 exhibitors ranging from construction to and renovation supplies to
energy saving technologies. The Green Forum will give business owners,
professionals and members of the general public a chance to learn more
about the Green Economy from industry experts - including
William "Billy" Lowe to receive Bahamas Chamber's Lifetime Achievement Award
- Oct 16, 2013 - 1:31:42 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - When
the doors open to the annual BCCEC Gala event at the Imperial Ball
Room, Atlantis on November 9th at 7PM, all the past Chairmen over the
last 40 years will be honoured. Included in the list is Sir Roland
Symonette, the first Premier of the Bahamas who was knighted by Queen
Elizabeth II in 1959 and the Minister of State for Investments in the
Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Khaalis Rolle. But the greatest
honour of the night will belong to businessman William "Billy" Lowe,
owner of Lowe's Pharmacy, who will be the recipient of the Lifetime
Mr. Lowe is a shining example of an individual
whose indomitable spirit and hard work resulted in high levels of
success, regardless of his humble...