Politicians address students on future opportunities for Bahamians
Three sitting members of Parliament and a potential Progressive Liberal Party candidate spoke to a classroom full of college students yesterday about future opportunities for The Bahamas.
State Minister for the Environment Phenton Neymour; Member of Parliament for Bamboo Town Branville McCartney; Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard and PLP candidate Dr. Andre Rollins took questions from the students about what industries could be developed in The Bahamas.
Maynard suggested to the students that the new national stadium will present myriad opportunities to develop several professions in the realm of sports that are not now widely considered by many Bahamian college students.
“There are some emerging industries in terms of sports management and sports medicine,”he said.”We should have had a cadre of sport managers.”
He said the stadium will also require administrative roles to be filled and that graduates in any of these fields could become”hot commodities on the job market.”
McCartney contended that Bahamians have to stop being so reactionary and begin to build industries themselves. He encouraged the college students to become more forward thinking.
“We need to look at what the world has to offer and how we are going to put our country on the map because if we remain reactionary to things it will be too late,”McCartney said.
“We need to produce some industries. We went wrong relying on the tourism industry.
“What are we going to do now to develop and maintain new industries because there will be a recession again if you live long enough?”
He said while being a lawyer might still be a good profession, The Bahamas is saturated with them.
The men attempted not to be too political, however, there were several exchanges made between Neymour, who is an MP for the Free National Movement(FNM), and Rollins.
Rollins suggested to the students that the FNM government had not made any trips that included the private sector to attract foreign investors to The Bahamas.
However, Neymour almost immediately refuted those claims, stating that the government had made several trips with the private sector since taking office.
Rollins said Bahamians have to cause new industries to be developed in The Bahamas to decrease the number of Bahamians who go off to school and never come back because they cannot utilize locally what they learned in college.
“We need to cause businesses to come here that are outside of the scope of our current economic model,”he said.