The 13th Annual Abaco Business Outlook (ABO) is on target for Thursday, September 22, when Prime Minister Rt Hon Perry G Christie will present the keynote address. The event is scheduled to begin at 8:30 am at the Abaco Beach Resort in Marsh Harbour.

In addition to Mr Christie, presenters will include Charles Moss, Administrator, Central Abaco; Vado Bootle, Sr, President, Abaco Chamber of Commerce; Ellison “Tommy” Thompson, Deputy Director General, Ministry Of Tourism; Carlyle Roberts, Vice President, BTC Enterprise & Strategic Solutions; Derek Newbold, Senior Business Development and Marketing Manager at The Grand Bahama Port Authority and Dwayne Wallas, Appraiser/Estate Agent H G Christie, Abaco.   The only returning speaker to the platform is Ellison Thompson all other presenters are first time presenters.

Announcing the forum was Joan Albury, President, TCL Group and chief organizer of ABO, who created the event and the six others in the multi-island Business Outlook series. The seven annual seminars bring together businesspeople, members of government, representatives of key sectors of the economy and other interested persons to forecast the economic picture nationally and locally based on available facts, the global financial picture and expert opinion.

“We are most grateful to Prime Minister Christie for agreeing to give the keynote and to the other speakers who will present on their areas of expertise. We are thankful also for the continuing assistance of the Ministry of Tourism and our various faithful sponsors,” Mrs Albury said.

She added: “Never before has it been more necessary for Bahamians to have accurate information and the benefit of the projections of sector experts as to the outlook for national economic growth and development, as well as the worldwide financial climate, which cannot never be taken lightly. The country’s very slow progress out of the global financial meltdown of 2008 and in lowering unemployment has been a matter of concern for many Bahamians, particularly business leaders who help to drive the economy. The Outlook Series was developed and dedicated to creating a collegial atmosphere in which this kind of exchange can take place for the benefit of those who attend and others who receive the input through the media.”   Sponsors for this year’s event include Atlantic Medical, BAF Financial, Department of Inland Revenue, FOCOL Holdings Ltd, Ministry Of Tourism, Scotiabank and Bahamasair.

Persons interested in attending Abaco Business Outlook may contact Margaret Albury at The Counsellors Ltd at 322-7505 or register online here