The executive committee will continue to work with its committee members to address fronting issues such as accountability, transparency and anti-corruption.
Communications, Planning, Membership Services and Fundraising Committee
Chairman: Leslie Fraser
The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) functions primarily through its Standing Committees which parallel the areas of responsibility of the Government Ministries. The Committees meet regularly to discuss problems and general matters of concern within their scope of reference. Recommendations are forwarded to the Government on a regular basis; likewise, when approached by the Government for private sector input, the Chamber’s Board of Directors consults with the appropriate Chamber Division(s).
The objective of the fundraising aspect of the Division is to manage the fiscal affairs of the BCCEC and to promote any and all revenue streams available to ensure the BCCEC is sustainable and accountable. The Finance Division will also work with the PR and Marketing and Trade and Economic Development Divisions, in order to provide advice to the Government on ways to improve the overall fiscal and monetary policy of The Bahamas.
Ease of Doing Business and SME Development Committee
Chairman: Christel Sands-Feaste
Co-Chair: Odetta Morton
To promote the growth of small and medium enterprises through the mentor ship program and venture fund. To provide SME with the knowledge base through the Chamber Institute and HR Help Desks they require to be successful in a competitive environment. Support of the SMEs through the Chamber Institute, the HR Help Desk and the SME Division itself with the Apprenticeship Program and Venture Fund is an important offering of this Division.
Employment, Labor and Skills Development Committee
Chairman: Peter Goudie
Co-Chair: Nadine Fraser
The Employment and Labor Division works to foster strong relations with labor and encourage continued employee training and development. Strong tiers between employment and labor are key to business success as one is the driver and the other the engine of the economy. Vocational development of the workforce is critical to the economy. Businesses must understand the explicit link between employee education, productivity, competitiveness and GDP growth.
The Division believes in welcoming professionals into the country who will train Bahamians, raise the standard and quality of workmanship and relieve the backlog of work that is hampering productivity in key areas such as law, education, medicine and management.
The Chamber Institute
The Chamber Institute empowers the country’s workforce (through industry training) to power our businesses. We encourage the implementation of industry-driven certification programs within each industry and association and establish grades and standards for all to follow, while developing vocational training programs that will produce productive, proud members of society.
The Chamber Institute’s Career, Business and E-Learning platforms provide businesses a consistent resource for the training of core competencies. By partnering with internationally recognized universities to deliver business management degrees, accounting, leadership, administration, food and beverage, product management and the like.
Trade, Foreign and Domestic Economic Development Committee
Chairman: Hubert Edward
Co-Chair: Karla Wells-Lisgaris
This Division recognizes the necessity of attracting new businesses and industries to Bahamian shores. It works to develop ties and network with foreign Chambers in areas like South America and Indo-Asia to explore opportunities in areas such as lite manufacturing, trading centers, commercial banking, logistics and trans-shipment. Under the Ease of Business Bureau, we will determine ways to raise our ranking on the International Ease of Business Ranking (EBR) as well as identifying areas of local concern and impediments to business in The Bahamas. It is imperative to work with the Government and Civil Servants to understand the collection of data that deeds into this ranking, improve on these areas and this improve our ranking.
Energy and the Environment Committee
Chairman: Deborah Deal
Energy reform is one of the single largest priority areas that the country is facing and the Chamber takes the urgency of this quite seriously. With energy costs at current levels, The Bahamas is not competitive as a nation. The ability to grow The Bahamas’ economy is severely stunted by energy costs. The environment remains a serious concern due ti the massive pressures that large-scale development puts in small island chains. More must be done to assure that developments are planned and executed in a way that is truly sustainable and respectful of our unique natural resources. Change is required urgently, given the need for alternative energy, waste-to-energy proposals, managing the dumps and creating power from his current liability and health risk.
Family Island Development Committee
Chairman: Davinia Grant
Co-Chair: Michelle Evans
The Family Islands Division is charged with bringing the Family Island Chambers and businesses into the BCCEC in an effort to unite common concerns and objectives of the country into one voice and set of objectives. The BCCEC understands that businesses on the Family Islands have unique interests and needs from those in Nassau and that we must encourage the growth of Commerce in the Family Islands.
Social Programme Reform Committee
Works to improve the quality, process and methods of collecting trade related data.