COURTESY CALL – Executives of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce paid a courtesy call on Senator Katherine Forbes-Smith, Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Freeport on Tuesday. Pictured from left are: Mr. W. Greg Langstaff, GB Chamber 1st Vice President; Senator Smith; Mr. Gregory Moss, President; and Mrs. Mercynth Ferguson, Executive Director of the G.B. Chamber of Commerce. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)
By: Simon Lewis
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Executives of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce paid a courtesy call on Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Freeport Senator Katherine Smith Tuesday, with a view of establishing a closer working relationship between the organisation and the Government of The Bahamas.
Senator Smith met with Chamber President Gregory Moss; First Vice President W. Greg Langstaff and Executive Director Mercynth Ferguson.
She and the executives discussed a number of important matters including the Hawksbill Creek Agreement.
Mr. Moss said the Chamber was grateful for the meeting and the opportunity to confirm and re-iterate the desire of Chamber of Commerce to have a very constructive working relationship with the Government on the mutual interest that are shared in Grand Bahama.
He affirmed that Chamber stands ready constructively participate in developmental processes on Grand Bahama.
The Chamber, he noted, is encouraged by the developments it sees happening in Freeport and pledges its support in partnering with the Government to do whatever it can to foster development.
Senator Smith agreed that it is important for the Chamber and the Government to have this kind of relationship, and to be able to work together to determine positive strides that can be realised in Grand Bahama.
She expressed hope that the Chamber can look into increasing the involvement of the business sector in East and West Grand Bahama in its membership. It’s an initiative Mr. Moss confirmed is actively underway.
Mr. Moss keenly expressed the Chamber’s desire to fully carry out its mandate of drawing businesses into the Chamber so that it is properly able to maintain its full stature as a Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, rather than being limited to the city of Freeport.