ORG in The News

Bpl Urged: ‘Ramp Up Quickly’ To Get $500m Shell Saving

The Tribune

(April 13,2018) NASSAU,BAHAMAS- BAHAMAS Power & Light (BPL) was yesterday urged to “ramp up very quickly” on its generation deal with Shell, amid hopes it could result in $500 million of annual economic savings.

Private sector chiefs, while hailing the Government’s approval of Shell North America as BPL’s long-term generation partner, called for the two sides to execute swiftly and lower one of the costliest, longest-running burdens on Bahamian businesses and consumers.

Michael Maura, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation’s (BCCEC) chairman, told Tribune Business: “From the Chamber’s perspective we’re happy to hear that Bahamas Power & Light has made a decision, and we look forward to much cleaner energy and a much lower cost. We hope things ramp up very quickly, as we’ve been paying far too much for energy for too long.”

 

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Wto To 'Move The Needle' On Business Ease

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

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THE Bahamas' chief negotiator says joining the WTO can help solve this nation's 'ease of doing business' woes, arguing: "We must move the needle on new industries."

Raymond Winder told Tribune Business that becoming a full member of the rules-based trading regime will force the Bahamas to modernise its economy and remove structural impediments to growth, citing the absence of "quality investment legislation" as one such bottleneck that must be addressed.

The Deloitte & Touche managing partner said he was "convinced we have lost out on potentially significant investment", especially for Grand Bahama, with this nation "never making the first cut" among investors due its status as a WTO non-member and uncertainty over "the rules of the game".

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ORG Economic Development Report points to new opportunities for growth

The Bahamas could enjoy a multi-million dollar jobs and economic diversification boost with policy reforms to facilitate targeted investment in key industries, amid warnings that “major economic assets are at risk”.

A new Oxford Economics report commissioned by The Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG) described the economy as “at a crossroad” and “underperforming”, with real GDP per capita now lower than it was in 2000.

The report offers that reforms to facilitate agriculture/manufacturing import substitution, shipping and logistics investment and boutique hotel/vacation home expansion would generate both much-needed diversification and economic growth for the Bahamas.

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Groups Urge Government to Enact FOIA

ORG Participates in FOIA Advocacy efforts

The Organization for Responsible Governance is proud to join over a dozen Bahamian Civil Society and Private Industry Organizations which are mobilizing to engage and educate the public about the importance of the timely passage of a strong and fair Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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Ministry of Education Holds Consultation Meetings to Discuss The Bahamas Freedom of Information Bill

The Government of The Bahamas has introduced the Freedom of Information Bill.Ministry of Education FOIA flyer

The Government is encouraging all Bahamians to give their opinions on this important Bill before it moves forward.

Education campaigns are being held in New Providence, and various Family Islands, including: Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma and Eleuthera.

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Recommendations for FOIA from CBB

Freedom of Information Bill, 2015 - Recommendations

Nassau, Bahamas

The following recommendations are made by Citizens for a Better Bahamas (CBB), a non-partisan civil society organization.

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Educators urged to 'loosen grip' on vocational training

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

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A former Chamber of Commerce chairman has urged educators “to give up their grip” on vocational training, and let industry drive course content and standards.

Robert Myers told Tribune Business it was “a damn shame” that Bahamas-based vocational training institutions had not responded to his previous calls for the private sector to play a greater role in the classroom.

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