The Counsellors Ltd. announces that the Minister of State for Finance, the Hon. Zhivargo Laing, will be the keynote presenter at January’s **Bahamas Business Outlook**. Under the theme, *Improving Competitiveness for Regional Leadership*, the annual conference will provide a platform to engage Bahamians in how they – and The Bahamas – can become leaders in all facets of business throughout the Caribbean.

The event is scheduled for January 9 at the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort, with other featured speakers including the Hon. Carl Bethel, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture; Vernice Walkine, Director-General of Tourism; Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, the Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation; Simon Townsend, KPMG Partner; Dr. Duane Sands, Chairman of the Bahamas Medical Council; Christopher Anand, Managing Partner of Albany; Chares Klonaris, Chairman of the Nassau Tourism and Development Board; Craig Richmond, Chief Executive of the Nassau Airport Development Company; Rhodes Scholar Dr. Desiree Cox; and Dionisio D’Aguilar, President of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce.

The Counsellors hosted the first Bahamas Business Outlook in 1991, subsequently expanding the franchise to Grand Bahama, Abaco and Exuma. President Joan Albury says the event continues to make history in bringing to the forefront vital issues affecting the economic growth and development of The Bahamas.