Global Ports Holding (GPH) plans to use technology to help taxi drivers generate more revenue and improve their business models as the Port of Nassau is redeveloped and modernized, a press release from GPH states.
The release outlines a meeting between GPH Head of Business Development for the Americas Colin Murphy, executives of the Bahamas Taxi Cab Union (BTCU), members of the Prince George Wharf Taxi Association and Managing Director of the Downtown Nassau Partnership Ed Fields, in which the groups discussed the future of taxis in the downtown area.
Murphy said in the release that “no one should have to sleep at the dock to be able to make a living”.
“Our proposal is about the positive transformation of downtown and the cruise port and creating opportunities for Bahamians,” he said.
“We don’t want to take anything away from the taxi drivers or make it more difficult for them to survive. This only works if we work together.”
It was recently announced that GPH won the bid to operate the cruise port, under a 25-year leasehold concession.
The company will be named Nassau Cruise Port Ltd., with Bahamians as its major shareholders. GPH will hold 49 percent equity, while 51 percent will be owned by the YES (Youth Education and Sports) Foundation and the Bahamas Investment Fund (BIF).
General Secretary of the BTCU Sulayman Khalfani said taxi drivers received clarity about their future at the port from GPH while being made aware of some of the advancements to come that will make their services more efficient.
“He gave us some clarity about how Global Ports Holding plans to move forward and engage key stakeholders in this process,” said Khalfani.
“We found their use of technology interesting and can see real benefits to our industry.”
Fields said exciting things are happening in downtown Nassau that will “lend to the success of its transformation”.
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