The Honourable Ryan Pinder, Minister of Financial Services, will be participating in [Bahamas Landfall]( events and meetings in Brazil planned by the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) the week of September 17.

Brazil has been at the forefront of BFSB’s business development agenda for a number of years, with biannual visits to the country to meet financial intermediaries and businesses from this leading South American economy now a regular component of its marketing programme.

*“It is critical that we build on the momentum that has been generated for The Bahamas in Brazil,”* said Minister Pinder. *“As a country we have taken and will continue to take measured and strategic steps to create an attractive and competitive environment for financial services and other types of business. We want to ensure that our open-for- business message as it pertains to the Brazilian market is clearly understood and embraced.”*

BFSB’s CEO and Executive Director Aliya Allen said the Board’s highly successful Bahamas Landfall events provide a strong focal point for member firms to provide a common message about the advantages of doing business in The Bahamas while at same time creating networking opportunities.

*“Relationships are at the very core of the financial services industry, particularly in a country like Brazil”* said Ms Allen. BFSB Chairman Paul Winder (ATC Trustees (Bahamas) Ltd.) supported this view, adding *“BFSB’s Landfall events and other similar initiatives that we undertake are designed to facilitate this type of interaction while conveying our assets as a country for financial services related and other type of business. The growing interest for The Bahamas in Brazil is the result of a combination of BFSB-led initiatives like Landfall events and the additional, independent efforts of member firms.”*

Bahamas Landfall events are scheduled in Rio de Janeiro on September 17th and in Sao Paolo on September 20th, with private meetings taking place around these dates.

Joining Minister Pinder, Chairman Winder and CEO Allen in Brazil are Viana Gardiner, Ministry of Financial Services; Chet Neymour, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Brian Jones and Fabien Jenny, UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.; Ivan Hooper, The Winterbotham Trust Company Ltd.; James Malcolm, Schooner Bay; Linda D’Aguilar, Graham, Thompson & Co; Shawn Antonio Forbes, Pictet Bank & Trust Ltd.; Tiffany Norris-Pilcher, Ernst & Young; Wendy Warren, Caystone Solutions; and William Whitaker, Dartley Bank & Trust Ltd.

Bahamas Landfall sponsors include ATC Trustees (Bahamas) Ltd.; Butterfield Bank (Bahamas) Ltd.; Ernst & Young; Graham, Thompson & Co.; Grand Bahama Port Authority; Schooner Bay; Scotiatrust; and The Winterbotham Trust Company Ltd.