The Bahamas – Its Economy In A Changing Caribbean Scene
June 26th, 2015, Atlantis Hotel, Paradise Island, Bahamas , Poseidon Room 4
Throughout history small countries have contributed much to the world – from Venice and the Netherlands in centuries past, to Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland today. The Caribbean, including the Bahamas, could also become a beacon of free enterprise and economic progress. The new policy of the United States toward Cuba, the largest regional country, might provide opportunities to liberate the potential of the Bahamas and other countries in the region. The Nassau Institute, with the support of the Atlas Network, is conducting a morning and luncheon programme on June 26 (just before The templeton Foundation meetings). During lunch, a prestigious member of The Templeton Foundation – Fr. Robert Sirico, president of the Acton Institute, will engage in a conversation with the audience on the morality of free enterprise.
Session 1 – 9 to 9:45 am
Changing Scenarios in the Region
-Cuba and the United States: Ambassador Otto Reich
-Economic impact and implications in the region: Ernesto Selman, CREES, Dominican Republic
Session Moderator: Alejandro Chafuen
Session 2 – 9:50 to 10:50 am
Sectors in Need of Liberalism
– The Caribbean energy market: Hubert G. Taylor, Signal Power & Light Inc.
– Improving investment freedoms: Dr. John Rodgers
Session Moderator: Professor Randy Forbes
– Coffee Break –
Session 3 – 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
The Rule of Law
– Can the Rule of Law Trump Cronyism in the Caribbean: Tamico Gilbert
– The need for transparency in developing societies:Tamara van Breugel
Session Moderator: Jorge Borlandelli
Session 4 – Lunch 12:30 to 2.15pm
Economics and Ethics: Current and Future Challenges.
– A conversation over lunch with Fr Robert Sirico
Session Moderator: Lauren Templeton