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Min. Moxey to chair cabinet sub-committee focused on a variety of opportunities for islands of The Bahamas

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Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey

Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey said she has been appointed to Chair a Cabinet Sub-Committee called Innovate 242, which can deal with a variety of opportunities for all the islands of The Bahamas, through tech-tourism, eco-tourism, agri-tourism, film-tourism, business tourism, heritage tourism, executive education and smart cities downtown development.

“During a recent trip to Ottawa, Canada, led by the Deputy Prime Minister, we advanced our agenda for Innovate 242 and have since partnered with the Kanata North Technology Park, also often called Hub350 to advance our e-Bahamas revolution agenda,” Minister Moxey told the 2023 Grand Bahama Business Outlook, March 16, 2023, on the Grand Lucayan Resort.

“Hub 350 is Canada’s largest technology and innovation hub and shall be collaborating with The Bahamas, as we develop into a player within the innovation and technology sector that may herald transformational opportunities, including new jobs, new service, new industries and new markets. It should also advance The Bahamas as a digital society, inclusive of smart technology.

“In our Blueprint for Change, Grand Bahama has been designated because the home of maritime and logistics, the house of events and entertainment and the house of innovation and we’re well on our method to achieving all of this.”

The Grand Bahama Minister said efforts have also been made to determine, revitalize new and existing Sister City relationships for business, cultural, educational, tourism and humanitarian exchanges. She said much progress has been made to determine relationships between Ottawa, Canada and the Bahamas, in addition to Princess Town, Western Ghana, and to renew The Bahamas’ relationship with Concord, North Carolina and Miami Dade, Florida, which have invited Bahamian creative groups to be a component of the Miami Goombay Festival this coming June.

Minister Moxey identified to the Seminar participants that while Grand Bahama remains to be in recovery mode, the island is well on its method to getting back up.

“While we work feverishly to redevelop the airport and sell this property, projects are progressing. The island has woke up. Construction is on the rise, airlift and cruise arrivals have increased, the new cruise port is about to start out, downtown Freeport is busy, for the primary time in over 20 years. So we are able to truthfully say that our economy is improving.

“This Davis/Cooper Administration is strategically focused on rescuing our economy. An economy that can empower our people and supply an environment of sustained economic development. Because the Minister for Grand Bahama I recognize that there’ll all the time be a little bit of frustration among the many residents. But progress in all of its many forms, takes loads of effort.  It takes many meetings, many follow throughs and belongings you don’t get to see.”

Minister Moxey outlined numerous accomplishments the administration has attained in Grand Bahama, despite the challenges the island has faced prior to now decade or more. Those accomplishments include: the eventual development of a first-class Grand Bahama International Airport; the work already underway for the development of a new Carnival Cruise Port in East Grand Bahama, with landside contractor request for quotes opened and published, final reviews of food and beverage vendors in progress, with awards for those contractors expected to happen this month; the $400 million re-investment into Grand Bahama Shipyard; repairs to the Fishing Hole Road bridge; completion of the Administrator’s Complex and Magistrate’s Court in Eight Mile Rock; completion and prospective opening of the Holmes Rock Primary and junior school in West Grand Bahama; and upcoming ground breaking ceremonies for the island’s new hospital, with a much-needed Oncology Center for Grand Bahamians.

“We are able to see that there may be progress,” said Minister Moxey. “We’ve completed much over the past few months, with so way more that must be done. Yet we must acknowledge that these are not any small feats, considering what we’ve been going through.

“Progress is many things. But two things that it will not be are linear and stagnant. Progress takes winding turns and the insertion of an intense amount of sweat equity. It’s ever changing and ever growing.”

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Minister Moxey noted that through innovation, events and entertainment, and Maritime and Logistics, her Ministry will help to shape the long run of the island of Grand Bahama. With its prime location just 68 miles off the coast of Florida; its infrastructure, major transshipment hub, tax advantages, and truly diverse economy, Minister Moxey added that Grand Bahama is well positioned to develop into the fastest growing economy in The Bahamas.

“On a regular basis I’m reminded of the struggles and hardships, which the people of Grand Bahama have endured and I’m motivated by our strength. Grand Bahamians refuse to be broken. We refuse to lose heart. As a substitute, we proceed to press on with unrelenting determination. So, after hitting all-time low due to Hurricane Dorian in 2019 and immediately followed by the COVID-19 pandemic, to be where we’re today once more proves our resiliency. Resilient? Yes we’re. But now we wish to soar. We would like to realize that elusive potential that we frequently discuss.

“And Grand Bahama, I still consider that that is our time; our time to be GRAND! And it is going on… right before our eyes”.



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