The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce has announced a three-day power packed conference and trade show scheduled for October 2 to 4, 2008 – a business investment opportunity, it says, that cannot be missed.

The event is a joint initiative of the Chamber and the Bahamas Hotel Association in collaboration with The Bahamas Ministry of Finance and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Local and international industry experts will address participants on key strategies and business advice on globalization, financing and competitiveness that every successful businessperson needs in order to survive in a global and highly competitive environment.

The Globalization Conference will be held on the morning to mid afternoon of Thursday, October 2nd and Friday October 3rd; and the Business Trade Show will be officially opened on the afternoon of Friday, October 3rd and will run all day on Saturday, October 4th. The Trade Show provides a unique opportunity for all service and goods providers and suppliers to market and promote their business to major purchasers who will be in attendance.

Under the general theme,*‘Towards the Future: Globalization and Competitiveness,’* the conference is designed to provide participants with a critical review of the country’s history; and examination of its present socio-economic state; and perspective of the potential for the next 20 years all within the dynamics and context of globalization and competition. It will be held at the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort.

Gershan Major, Conference Chairman, says *”This year’s conference holds great promise. We will be addressing, in substantive and detailed ways, some of the issues related to the challenges of small and medium enterprises, and the future of doing business in The Bahamas.”*

Oscar Spencer, IDB Representative, points out that the Inter-American Development Bank sees its participation in this venture as part of its contribution to the strengthening of the dialogue process related to new business models, important changes to the country’s regulatory framework and modernization of public service delivery systems.