Progressive Liberal Party’s (PLP) leader Philip Davis on Tuesday said the current administration should apologize to the Bahamian people for their lack of vision and ill-advised commentary during the transition of Baha Mar’s project.
In a statement, Davis pointed out that, “perhaps it is fitting to apologize to Chow Tai Fook Enterprises (CTFE) and the Bahamian people, on behalf of the Free National Movement (FNM) (because they won’t), for their lack of shame, lack of vision and for their ill-advised and baneful commentary during the critical transition of this important project, unwittingly designed to hurt the country”
Davis also highlighted that the successes of Baha Mar ought not be credited to the FNM.
Instead, he attributed Baha Mar’s success to the his party and said, “the project succeeded in great part because of the support, the time and the state resources invested in it by the Christie administration.”
Davis thanked former Prime Minister Perry Christie and his administration for their tenacity in bringing the project to fruition.
“The Bahamas is in a better place because of their good work and committed public service,” he said.
“The FNM leadership demonstrated their utter disdain for this project, its new owners and the Bahamian people, by first calling the initial opening “fake”, promising to seize it and sell it to an investor of their choosing, then discourteously boycotting the initial opening in an act of irrational defiance.
“It was unfortunate and clearly a national embarrassment.
“If the FNM had a modicum of decency, its leader and the current Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, would say to the investors and the Bahamian people, ‘I misspoke and made some policy missteps on Baha Mar. I was mistaken and I am sorry’. His contriteness would bring closure to this chapter.”
Davis noted the tremendous economic impact Baha Mar has had on The Bahamas generally with the increased employment and entrepreneurial opportunities available for Bahamians.
“As the PLP envisioned and remained consistent with its policy on Baha Mar, this investment project is indeed fulfilling its economic potential, and the gross domestic product (GDP) projections, according to reputed international financial and credit agencies, attest to this,” he said.
“It is reported that Nassau hotel bookings via the online booking platform Expedia are up more than thirty per cent due to the success of Baha Mar; the proverbial tide floats all boats.
“Clearly the PLP got it right on Baha Mar, just as it got it right on value-added tax.”
Davis congratulated and thanked CTFE for their good faith, vision and expressed confidence in The Bahamas and its government leadership at that critical period of ownership transition, even as the project was being aggressively undermined and CTFEs professional credibility, he said, and was under attack by irrational exuberant opposition forces, surrogates and detractors.
He also commended Baha Mar President Graeme Davis for remaining true to the terms and conditions of the heads of agreement (HOA) executed by the PLP.