In keeping with the Davis Administration’s commitment to supporting the cultivation of new opportunities and empowering the Bahamian community, Prime Minister Hon. Philip Davis attended The American Caribbean Maritime Foundation 2021 Anchor Awards yesterday, November 12th 2021.
Chairman / CEO of The Lannaman & Morris Group of Companies, Harriat Pershad Maragagh (posthommus)and SVP, Technology & Operations Excellence, Alyse Lisk were the Anchor Awards honorees.
The American Caribbean Maritime Foundation is a non-profit organization based in New York, U.S. that supports Caribbean students studying maritime in the region. The organization’s mission is to alleviate poverty and transform lives in the Caribbean through maritime education and community development.
The organization has awarded 59 full tuition scholarships and grants funding students from The Bahamas, St. Vincent, the Grenadines, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago.
Prime Minister Davis delivered an address noting the importance of the Blue Economy and pushing its progress stating, “My administration has fully committed to the development of the Blue Economy as a high priority item on our agenda. This commitment was articulated in the context of diversifying our economy to spur economic growth, with all the implications that has for increasing employment, generating wealth and expanding opportunities.”
Prime Minister Davis expressed his hope for the government to capitalize on the potential of The Bahamas to move from a Small Island State to a nation that maximizes its Big Ocean State potential. He notes the hope to do so by managing, promoting and developing resources on the sea, which includes shipping, resources in the sea itself, such as fisheries, and resources on the seabed itself such as our coral reefs, mangroves and sea grasses.
“The Blue Economy – our maritime economy – is of vital strategic importance to the development of The Bahamas,” said the Prime Minister.