Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie will be the keynote speaker at the 16th **Bahamas Business Outlook**, scheduled to be held on January 9, 2007 at the Radisson Cable Beach Resort. The Prime Minister will focus on the “opportunities, plans and anticipated outcomes” for business and the Bahamian economy in 2007. This is, in fact, the overall theme for the 2007 BBO.

Joan Albury, Conference Coordinator and President of The Counsellors Ltd says, *“We are very pleased to bring Bahamas Business Outlook back home to New Providence after taking it to the islands of Abaco and Exuma recently.”* She points out that the event is the nation’s longest standing seminar event, and has become recognized as the first event on the national
business calendar – a must-attend seminar for CEOs, managers and entrepreneurs.

2007 conference sponsors include FirstCaribbean; British American Insurance; BTC; Bank of The Bahamas; National Insurance Board; The Central Bank of The Bahamas; Old Bahama Bay; Sun Oil Limited; Pelican Bay at Lucaya; and Baha Mar.

Other topics to be addressed during the one-day seminar include the **National Health Insurance** (NHI) plan, with Senator the Hon Dr Bernard J. Nottage, Minister of Health and National Insurance presenting; Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, will talk about the strength of a **United Caribbean**; Vernice Walkine, Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, will discuss the expectations and predictions for **Tourism in 2007**; Janyne Hodder, President of the College of The Bahamas, will articulate the transition of the college to a widely-recognized **University of The Bahamas**.

Also on the roster of distinguished speakers are the Chamber of Commerce Presidents from Nassau, Exuma and Grand Bahama – Tanya Wright, Reg Smith and Christopher Lowe – who will share their ideas of and plans for **Facilitating Bahamian Business Community** participation in the coming year. Harvard University PhD candidate and notable Bahamian scholar, Peter Blair, will present the young Bahamian’s perspective and **Vision for The Bahamas** in the next year and going forward; while Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM) Private Sector Liaison Lincoln Price will discuss **Private Sector Linkages through External Trade Negotiations**. Finally, first-time speaker Allen Ten Broek, President and CEO of The Mariner Group, Inc. (Old Bahama Bay) out of Fort Myers, Florida, will give a complementary speech about linkages and the relevance of **Linkage Maximization** to social and economic growth in The Bahamas.

See link below to register online for Bahamas Business Outlook 2007.