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News Report: Chamber chair calls for greater automation, optimization in doing business

Written Friday, April 8th 2022, by Paige McCartney, The Nassau Guardian

Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers' Confederation Chairperson Khrystle Rutherford-Ferguson said yesterday that while there has been great movement toward improving the ease of doing business as it relates to automation and optimization, more can be done within the public and private sectors.

Speaking at the University of The Bahamas Sustainable Grand Bahama Conference, Rutherford-Ferguson said the chamber is keenly aware of the issues impacting or stagnating business, stemming primarily from systemic inefficiencies which require change through automation or optimization.

“Bahamian businesses have to interact with the government and its services many times over in any given month and to the extent that these interactions can be faster, easier and more efficient, this will result in a more business friendly environment. When systems are not working well, we all feel the impact of it. In acknowledging the challenges, we can address the final question, which is what can we do about improving the ease of doing business in The Bahamas? This point was foreshadowed by my reference to automation and optimization. However, I would be remiss if I did not ackn