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Establishment of a National Productivity Council is the focus GB Chamber Event
By Sarah Kirkby
May 5, 2019 - 12:00:30 PM

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Founder of Sumner Strategic Partners (SSP) and former President and CEO of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation, Edison Sumner, will present details on the proposed establishment of The National Productivity Council at the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) monthly Business Luncheon on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Pelican Bay Hotel. (Photo courtesy of Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce)

Freeport, Bahamas – Increasing the productivity of the Bahamian workforce to ensure that the country remains competitive regionally and globally, has become the focus of a public relations campaign launched by The National Tripartite Council (NTC).  During the NTC’s 2019 Annual General Assembly, consultation on a bill to establish The Bahamas National Productivity Council (NPC) was officially announced. Spearheading the public and private sector consultative process will be Sumner Strategic Partners (SSP), led by Founder Edison L. Sumner. 

A former President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation, Sumner believes there is an urgent need to increase productivity in the Bahamian labour force, but advises that all sectors may be required to implement recommendations.

“The first step approach to this process will be the passing of productivity legislation to establish The Bahamian National Productivity Council,” said Sumner. “This would provide the leadership and coordination needed to build a more productive labour force, and will also assist with the realization and full productivity potential of The Bahamian workforce.”

Sumner will be the guest speaker at the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) Business Luncheon in May. He will discuss his company’s task of engaging all relevant stakeholders throughout The Bahamas, to gather information to present a proposal to the government on establishing a National Productivity Council.

“I believe that Grand Bahama has a lot to contribute to this conversation. The consultation process is a collaborative partnership between the employers, workers, and the government of The Bahamas. It will take place over a three to five-month period, and we will gather comments, feedback and recommendations for the proposal, so we need to hear from all sectors.”

GBCC President Greg Laroda encourages the Grand Bahama business community, as well as interested non-members to reserve seating for the monthly luncheon to be held on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 12:30pm at Pelican Bay Hotel. “The National Productivity Council will change our business landscape. We need to understand what the Council’s role will be, and make our contribution. I invite entrepreneurs, and executives from the public and private sector to attend this luncheon.”

Persons can contact the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce to reserve seating, at telephone number 352-8329 or email assistant@chamber.org. To learn more about the Sumner Strategic Partners or send feedback on the establishment of the National Productivity Council, visit their website www.sumnerstrategicpartners.com or email info@sumnerstrategicpartners.com.

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