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PM: Bahamas can be hub for blockchain tech

Speaking at the Bahamas Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference last week, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said The Bahamas is uniquely positioned to quickly become jurisdiction of choice for blockchain companies. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

PM: Bahamas can be hub for blockchain tech

Pictured: Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis gives the keynote speech at the opening of the Bahamas Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference at the Grand Lucayan, June 20, 2018. (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)

Speaking at the Bahamas Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference last week, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said The Bahamas is uniquely positioned to quickly become jurisdiction of choice for blockchain companies.

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said that Grand Bahama is the ideal location in The Bahamas to support the establishment and growth of a technology cluster of blockchain, and other software companies that can jumpstart the technology industry in The Bahamas.

In spite of the challenges that come with establishing and growing a technology sector, Prime Minister Minnis said that The Bahamas is uniquely positioned to quickly become the jurisdiction of choice for technology companies, particularly blockchain technology companies, and Fintech solution providers.

Prime Minister Minnis was the keynote speaker at the first Bahamas Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference, which ran June 20-22, 2018 at the Grand Lucayan resort.

The three-day event attracted a wide range of local and international participants learning latest information about blockchain and cryptocurrency from professionals proficient in the field.

Prime Minister Minnis said that the conference, which is the first of its kind for The Bahamas, represents an important step towards his government’s new vision for The Bahamas and a new, progressive step for the island of Grand Bahama.

“Our government recognizes that in order for the economy to grow, we must diversify and create other opportunities for Bahamians to be successful,” he said.

“I firmly believe in growing a diverse technology industry sector in The Bahamas, where entrepreneurs can start and grow new technology companies. We must also welcome existing global technology players to move their operations to The Bahamas, which will have a meaningful impact on our economy and which can be achieved in a relatively short period of time.”

“Companies that utilize blockchain technology as a basis for their new products and services, represent a genesis of a new wave of solutions that we believe will change the world as we know it. There is no reason why these new blockchain technology companies that have their eyes on global markets cannot have their base of operations here in The Bahamas.”

He added that his government is committed to establishing the proper regulatory framework to ensure that incorporating, funding and operating technology companies that have global ambitions is a relatively easy process.

“Significant progress has already been made with the passing of our Commercial Enterprise Act and with our ease of doing business changes and amendments,” said Prime Minister Minnis.

“Other software and technology companies inclusive of biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and advanced manufacturing operations can make the Bahamas their home as well, forming clusters that would only serve to diversify and strengthen our technology sector.

The Prime Minister noted that in order to build a thriving technology sector that will benefit the country’s economy in a meaningful way, several key components must be in place, these include:

  1. Policies that encourage innovation;
  2. Educated and motivated workforce with access to higher education and professional development resources;
  3. Flexible immigration policy;
  4. Locations and infrastructure that can support population growth, and provide broadband access telecommunications services that are on par with the rest of the world.

“I do not think it would be too far-fetched for me to say that the next generation of Bahamian millionaires, and possibly billionaires, could earn their wealth in the technology sector,” said Dr Minnis.

“What we do here at this conference is the first step in that journey: a journey that we cannot accomplish alone, which is why our international friends and partners must play an integral, and important role in all of this.”

PM: Bahamas can be hub for blockchain tech

Pictured: Prime Minister of The Bahamas Dr Hubert Minnis (centre right), along with Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest (centre left), Minister of EducationJeffrey Lloyd (eighth left), Minister of Transport and Local Government Frankie Campbell (fifth right) and Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson (sixth right), along with other government officials and senators stand with some of the conference presenters and international participants at the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference, following opening ceremonies June 20, 2018 at the Grand Lucayan. (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)

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