The headline jumped out of the front page of The Freeport News on Tuesday morning.
“Pharmachem provides new job opportunities,” the paper heralded. At a press conference on Monday, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Kwasi Thompson announced the development, and Barry Malcolm of Quality Services Limited which works in association with Pharmachem, confirmed that a job fair will take place on Saturday, June 16 at OSL headquarters on Queens Highway, beginning at 9 a.m.
This is a feel-good situation, similar to the GIBC Digital office coming on stream in Freeport and other initiatives that have been headed by the GB Office of the Prime Minister.
No doubt, Minister of State, Senator Thompson and his colleagues in the GB Office of the PM are pulling their weight and functioning handsomely in the face of so many challenges confronting the government, as it tries to fulfill the promises of revitalizing the island’s economy.
We hold the view that despite the government’s missteps in a number of areas of national concern, the GB Office of the PM is a good story. Thompson is working tirelessly with his team, and in conjunction with other government agencies and ministers to create employment opportunities on the island and to lead progressive initiatives.
The office has coordinated the Grand Bahama Technology Summit, a huge success; the Bahamas Blockchain Cryptocurrency Conference and launched the Small and Micro Business Empowerment Grand Program. The program provides business training for new and existing entrepreneurs and grants up to $5,000 for interested and qualified businesspersons. The office has also been the prime mover of other noteworthy projects.
Following is a summary of the office’s employment objectives: continued partnership with the Grand Bahama Shipyard with a focus on job training; the connection with the MSC Cruise lines resulting in 17 Grand Bahamians selected for the first phase of an employment program; a summer job program which provided employment for 500 young Grand Bahamians; small home repair projects resulting in 20 temporary construction jobs; the Carnival Ocean Medallion Project that resulted in eight jobs; the Auxiliary Nursing Program; and the monitoring of The Public Service Training Unit.
It’s a grand body of work the GB Office of the PM is tackling under the leadership of the Minister of State, Senator Thompson.
Indeed, the GB Office of the Prime Minister is giving balance to the efforts of the central administration in Grand Bahama.