Policy Priorities

Pressing National Issues

A. VAT Issues

Major impact from private sector lead by CRT;
BCCEC CEO serves as Co-chair for Private Sector Education Task Force

B. Fiscal Reform, Freedom of Information and Transparency

Coalition to continue efforts regarding tax and fiscal reform
Closely monitoring utilization of new tax revenues;
Accept need for infrastructure development, but must be done properly

C. National Development Plan

BCCEC sits as part of the Advisory Committee

D. Tripartite Council

Minimum Wage
Redundancy Benefits

E. Immigration Policy

F. Energy Security

Will attended annual summit held in December.


BCCEC heavily involved;
Other chambers in country will be involved

2017 Agenda

A. Trade Information Services

MOU between government and BCCEC with the Attorney General;
Trade Information Portal Launch
Partly funded by CDB, GOTB and other agencies

B. ADR Arbitration

MOU between government and BCCEC before AG;
Using rules of ICC International Court of Arbitration

C. Tripartite Council

Established by Act of Parliament in February 2015

D. SME Development

BCCEC seeking to be business registry for the Bahamas
Mentorship – grant received from government to assist in mentorship development
SME Help Desk development – help with business plans, financing options, back office support, business advisory services.

E. Caribbean Network of Services Coalition

BCCEC will establish Coalition of Service Industries as a Division of the BCCEC
Will be come a member of CNSC

F. II National Conclave of Chambers of Commerce in the Bahamas (NCCCB)

MOU and Mutual Recognition Agreements signed with all Family islands

G. New Focus on Membership Services



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