||ABOUT THIS EDITION OF BAHAMAS HANDBOOK
The Bahamas Handbook is well known as the best source of information on the country. Well researched and filled with comprehensive information, entertaining stories and colourful photos, it is a must-read for anyone interested in investing, doing business, living or travelling in The Bahamas.
In the 2006 edition, find out about Howard Hughes and his connection to The Bahamas. Read about the people who lived, and still live along the eastern foreshore, the new relationship between China and The Bahamas and the first blacks to arrive in the country.
Learn about a clever plan to sneak valuable cows into the US through Eleuthera and meet the Masons, a group of men who aren’t as mysterious as they seem. In the Family Islands section, find out why Inagua should be the hottest ecotourism destination in the region and learn about the self-sufficient Island School in Cape Eleuthera.
In the business section, look into the future of financial services, discover how hydroponics is boosting the agriculture industry, find out why exchange control is disappearing and learn about the top financial products for foreign investors. As always, this year’s Handbook covers developments in business, construction and the economy.
Government listings provide the most up-to-date information on the people in power, from Members of Parliament, the Senate and Cabinet to public service officials. And of course, the A-to-Z blue pages offer concise information on everything from accommodations and investment incentives to wildlife preserves.
All this and much more await you in the 2006 Bahamas Handbook.
||TABLE OF CONTENTS
-Scenic Bahamas – a colourful tour of the islands
-Howard Hughes’ Bahama adventures – America’s richest man had a connection to Paradise Island
-Along Nassau’s eastern foreshore – Nassau’s rich and powerful lived along the harbour
-The Chinese connection – China’s economic and trade interests in The Bahamas
-Early black leaders owned slaves, land – First blacks built the foundation for future leaders
-The Masons: an ancient order – Freemasonry attracts members from all walks of life
-Eleuthera’s million-dollar cows – Bahamas’ role in a plan to get French cows into the US
-Inagua the pink and white – Far-flung paradise is tired of being a well-kept secret
-Island School at Cape Eleuthera – Creating better global citizens, one teenager at a time
-Cruising the Bahama seas – Boaters enjoy the country’s most valuable assets
-Future of financial services – New approaches and new markets can ensure The Bahamas a spot at the top
-Agriculture gets a hydroponic boost – New options are rejuvenating the agricultural industry
-Exchange control’s slow demise – Relaxing exchange control could boost foreign investment
-Top investment products – The Bahamas offers foreign investors many options
-Construction boom continues – Major projects for New Providence and Paradise Island
-Out Island construction – Scores of major projects under way in the Out Islands
-Real estate – A selection of available properties
-Blue Pages – A-Z compendium on living, vacationing and investing in The Bahamas
-Julian Francis takes over – Former Central Bank governor assumes top role in Freeport
-Freeport yesterday, today and tomorrow – Island has a future full of opportunities for growth
-Freeport Harbour’s huge potential – Destined to become the nation’s most successful community
-A tough year in Grand Bahama – Despite hurricanes and closures, growth is on the horizon
-More blue pages – Handy facts and figures specific to Freeport/Lucaya
-How Government works
-Cabinet ministers & portfolios
-House of Assembly
-Parliamentarians’ salaries; Parliamentary Secretaries
-Permanent Secretaries; Commission chairpersons
-Public service officials
-Resident diplomatic & consular representatives
-Bahamas diplomatic & consular representatives
-International organizations’ representatives
-Honorary consuls & representatives
-Bahamas honorary consuls abroad
-The Queen’s Birthday Honours - 2005
Year in Review
-Aug 2004 through July 2005
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