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The changing face of Caribbean rum
In a few weeks’ time, the European Union’s (EU) long running programme to support the development of the Caribbean rum industry will come to an end. It has been one of the most successful private sector related undertakings ever to be supported ...
A crisis of confidence
Confidence is contagious.So is lack of confidence.– Vince Lombardi Many Bahamians with whom we regularly speak express a disappointing degree of uncertainty and angst about where our nation is headed. There is an uncomfortable and unsettling sense...
Labor market: The key to women’s equality in the Caribbean and Latin America
Latin America and the Caribbean is the only region in the world where, for the last four decades and without interruption, states have met to debate and commit politically to eradicating gender discrimination and inequality and moving toward guarante...
Character-based leadership: the game changer
The idea of leadership has come in for much analysis and discussion recently. It has replaced management as a strategy for organizational and employee development, and has deeper dimensions, including areas such as winning the confidence and commitme...
Improving client service in the public service
Some years ago a woman in her 80s who was at the Passport Office to get a 10-year passport, exclaimed, “Thank God!” When asked if everything was OK, she replied: “This is the last passport I will ever need to get.” It was not the seemingly i...
Making Minnis the primary target a flawed political strategy
Dr. Hubert Minnis, leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), is not a compelling politician. Compared to Hubert Ingraham, his predecessor, he is weak. This might explain why he distanced himself from Ingraham in the first place; he wanted to erase ...
Trade options and the Commonwealth
Before the end of this month, Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, will invoke article 50 of the European Treaty, starting a process that will lead to the UK leaving the European Union (EU) in 2019. This is because, irrespective of the informal ...
Civility and the coming campaign
“Civility is not about dousing strongly held views. It's about making sure that people are willing to respect other perspectives.” – Jim Leach The next general elections in The Bahamas will likely be held sometime in May, less than two...
Lessons of 1979 Grenada Revolution
Thirty-eight years after the Grenada Revolution, what are the lessons learnt? What are the lessons ignored? If I may borrow an analysis from a comrade and a former captain of the People's Revolutionary Army, we – as a people – must go past the s...
A family, like a nation, is a continuous creation
Ernest Renan in his treatise on how to build a good nation could as well preface his essay: how to build a good family. Indeed, Renan implied a nation is like a family where the members are linked by blood and by consent as in the case of the in-laws...
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