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Establishment of National Productivity Council focus of GB chamber event

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Increasing the productivity of the Bahamian workforce to ensure that the country remains competitive regionally and globally, has become the focus of a public relations campaign launched by the National Tripartite Council (NTC). During the NTC’s 2019 Annual General Assembly, consultation on a bill to establish the National Productivity Council (NPC) was officially announced. Spearheading the public and private sector consultative process will be Sumner Strategic Partners (SSP), led by founder Edison L. Sumner.

A former president and chief executive officer of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation, Sumner believes there is an urgent need to increase productivity in the Bahamian labor force, but advises that all sectors may be required to implement recommendations.

“The first step approach to this process will be the passing of productivity legislation to establish the National Productivity Council,” said Sumner. “This would provide the leadership and coordination needed to build a more productive labour force, and will also assist with the realization and full productivity potential of the Bahamian workforce.”

Sumner will be the guest speaker at the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) Business Luncheon in May. He will discuss his company’s task of engaging all relevant stakeholders throughout The Bahamas to gather information to present a proposal to the government on establishing the National Productivity Council.

“I believe that Grand Bahama has a lot to contribute to this conversation. The consultation process is a collaborative partnership between the employers, workers and the government of The Bahamas. It will take place over a three to five-month period and we will gather comments, feedback and recommendations for the proposal, so we need to hear from all sectors.”

GBCC President Greg Laroda encourages the Grand Bahama business community, as well as interested non-members, to reserve seating for the monthly luncheon to be held on Thursday, May 16 at 12:30 p.m. at Pelican Bay Hotel. “The National Productivity Council will change our business landscape. We need to understand what the council’s role will be and make our contribution. I invite entrepreneurs and executives from the public and private sector to attend this luncheon.”

Persons can contact the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce to reserve seating, via telephone number 352-8329 or via email at To learn more about the Sumner Strategic Partners or send feedback on the establishment of the National Productivity Council, visit their website or email

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