Advocacy group reaching out to private sector
An advocacy group is reaching out to the private sector to aid its campaign for change.
President of Civil Society Bahamas(CSB)Terry Miller toldGuardian Businessyesterday that Bahamian businesses are important in regards to the level of success CSB can achieve.
“The business community plays a critical role because it is the engine of our economy, and a strong economy that is functioning in a healthy environment is going to uplift all of our people,”Miller said.”The business community can also help the NGOs(non-governmental organizations)more than they are helping through finances and human resources. They can lend human resources to a number of issues and promotional projects we have going.”
Miller made these comments while delivering the group’s second annual CSB State of Civil Society Address yesterday at Windsor Park. CSB is a non-governmental organization that is dedicated to a functioning democracy supported by citizens, government, unions and economic and social change coalitions. Its main objective is to promote change and equality in the social and political spheres, and create solutions to minimize crime and unemployment levels.
The CSB head said that the current unemployment levels are”shocking’, but a helping hand from the business community would be a small step in the right direction.
“These human resources that we’ve allowed to stagnate can do far more,”he said.”Even though jobs may not be available there are still things are young people can do.
“Private sector support is limited to the goodwill of our corporate friends, who are overwhelmed by the vast numbers of requests that they receive on a weekly basis. In the more developed jurisdictions, these corporations are encouraged to give by tax deductions and rebates, but in our country which is a’tax haven’, this instrument does not exist.
“The business community is doing a lot, and I know that they are limited because there are so many people coming to the same people for support. We’ve got to dig deeper around this time to help those who can’t help themselves,”he added.