Chamber chief: Engage local expertise in renewable sector

Chamber chief: Engage local expertise in renewable sector
Jeffrey Beckles

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Government must engage local expertise in the renewable energy sector, according to Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) chief Executive Jeffrey Beckles.

Speaking with Eyewitness News Online, Beckles noted the significant turnout at a recent public consultation spearheaded by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Ministry of Finance over the funding and advancement of renewable energy in The Bahamas.

He underscored there is not only interest but local expertise in the renewable energy sector.

The government intends to invest upwards of $170 million over the medium term in implementing a renewable energy strategy.

According to acting Financial Secretary Marlon Johnson, the government is proposing to establish a special purpose vehicle to allow for commercial solar generation particularly in the family islands.

Johnson noted that it is the government’s policy that solar generation be ‘owned by Bahamians for the benefit of Bahamians’.

Yesterday, Beckles said: “Energy security continues to be a major thrust of The Bahamian landscape. This was a great step.

“There are tremendous opportunities for Bahamians to get involved in this exercise on various levels, in the technical discussion, the mapping of the strategy, the environmental process and there are quite of number of local experts capable of contributing to this effort.”

Beckles continued: “When you look at the turnout at the public consultation that demonstrated very clearly that a very high level of Bahamian expertise does exist in that space and we should do our part to ensure we engage that expertise.

“All of us live here and are a part of the Bahamian community and any involvement we can have to ensure that the end product is a sustainable one for and one behalf of the Bahamian people is one worth the effort.”


1. These bogus law that is used to lock up people for various
“weed” possession or transshipment to other places have
cost this country great pain as numerous people with
massive potential were forced to go underground or resort
to activities that was construed as criminal behavior.
We’ve observed i.e most of the people have to feed
their babies and families because viable or gainful
employment had faded from the landscape.

2. Brain drain hurts the building of a better future for the
people due in part to the facilitation of the known words that
U.S officials have coined 1971 – 1972 i.e “war on drugs,”
primarily through the Caribbean basin and islands of the
Bahamas in the Atlantic ocean that caters mostly to the
supply and demand market(s).

3. Most persons and families who were impacted from these
acts or tactics should be compensated and any record of
same expuncted

4. Also funds denied which suffocated the growth of
progressive alliances and indigenous advancement
over the last few generation 1969 to 2016 should be
paid to all surviving individuals and their families once
authentication is established.

4. Beloved brothers and sisters corrective action is required.

This was massive which was done to appease “Big brother”
to the north.

Got it?.

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