Bahamas Development Bank
- Bahamas Development Bank
- West Bay Street, Cable Beach
- Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas
- Cable Beach
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The Bahamas Development Bank was formed through an Act of Parliament in 1974 and became operational on July 21st, 1978. The office was first located on Bay Street at Rawson Square in Nassau.
It is a wholly owned Government institution with a mandate to:
Promote industrial, agricultural and commercial development
Facilitate participation in approved enterprises
Stimulate and enhance the economic deveopment of The Bahamas
Provide financing for economically viable projects that:
- create employment
- utilize Bahamian materials and resources
- reduce imports and increase exports
- introduce and increase exports
- promote prosperity for all Bahamians
The Bank's primary purpose therefore is to assist the economic development of The Bahamas by providing financial and technical assistance in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, tourism, manufacturing services and transportation industries. Small business development is also encouraged through the BTVI Graduate Programme, the Agricultural and Fisheries Lending Programme, the Conch Shell Jewelry and Handicraft Programme, the Junior Achievement (JA) Graduates Loan and the Transition Rehabilitative Loan Programme.
The policies of the Bank are determined by a Board of Directors, who are appointed by the Minister in accordance with The Bahamas Development Bank Act. The Board normally meets once per month but may convene additional meetings whenever necessary.