The beer of the Bahamas, Kalik, is likely to enter the T&T market by the end of the year, said Dr Monica Davis, honorary consul of the Bahamas in Port-of-Spain. “As part of the trade mission between T&T and the Bahamas, I’ve already identified someone who will be bringing it in,” Davis said at a reception to celebrate the 39th anniversary of independence of the Bahamas at the Chamber of Commerce building in Westmoorings on July 10. It will be brought in through a distributor, which the consul did not identify, only to say, “A good beer will be brought in by a good company.” She said the launch, price and local distributor will be announced.
The Business Guardian was told there are more T&T products on Bahamian grocery shelves than vice versa, and that most Bahamians living in T&T are students. “Trinidad is particularly close to the hearts of Bahamians and the Bahamas, as for more than a generation, it has been home to a considerable number of Bahamian students studying at the University of the West Indies,” Davis said, as she read from a letter from Bahamian Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell. “We are all aware that our country has had its challenges and continues to be buffeted by the unrelenting winds of growth and development that are far from course. The government has formulated an ambitious and extensive agenda to confront these challenges.
“Central to that agenda are two overriding objectives, as outlined by His Excellency, the Governor General, Sir Arthur Foulkes in his speech from the throne:
1. The need to reduce violence and crime and build a safer Bahamas
2. The need to build a stronger economy that generates jobs, deepens and broadens Bahamian ownership and produces a high standard of living for all Bahamians
“We refuse to be discouraged or disheartened and will rise above these obstacles as we have always done, demonstrating the theme of this year’s independence celebration, united in love and service. We are ever mindful that in spite of our many challenges, we are most fortunate and have much for which to be grateful.”
Davis, a medical doctor, is a teacher at the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies’ Mt Hope campus.