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PM discusses US investment

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis held "productive discussions" with senior officials of the US government agency Overseas Private Investment Corp and the US Embassy at the Office of the Prime Minister 20 May. 

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

PM discusses US investment

Pictured: Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis (right) meets with OPIC acting president and CEO David Bohigian at the Office of the Prime Minister, May 20, 2019. (BIS Photo/Yontalay Bowe)

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis held “productive discussions” with senior officials of the Overseas Private Investment Corp (OPIC) and the US Embassy at the Office of the Prime Minister 20 May.

The visit by OPIC follows a meeting between US President Donald Trump and a group of Caribbean leaders in March, when a greater role for OPIC in the region was discussed, and the President committed to foster economic growth and strengthen security cooperation in the Caribbean region.

“We are encouraged by these talks and the possible opportunities it may present for The Bahamas, particularly in the areas of energy and entrepreneurship,” said Prime Minister Minnis following the meeting.


OPIC has expressed an interest in collaborating on energy development projects in The Bahamas and providing grants and/or loans for micro and small businesses, particularly for women entrepreneurs.

The corporation is interested in supporting projects related to Family Island power generation using non-oil sources, including solar, and using LNG to produce power in the Family Islands.

OPIC is a self-sustaining US government agency that helps businesses invest in emerging markets, with an emphasis on developing countries.

The corporation’s projects in the region include small business lending, power generation, agriculture and low-income mortgage lending, tourism, affordable housing, impact investing, financial services and infrastructure.

While in The Bahamas, OPIC officials also met with senior government officials and executives of Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) and the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Federation (BCCEC).

Historically, OPIC has provided over $19 million in assistance for a number of agriculture projects, government single family housing construction, a ship launch and entertainment facility and the purchase and refurbishment of a chemical company.

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis will deliver his third report to the nation on Monday 20 May, at 8pm.

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis outlined areas of transformation, including land reform, renewable energy and modernization of public services, in his third National Address for 2019, delivered May 20.

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