Investment Guidelines – Bahamas Business Guide

Business Guide

Since the Bahamas is a small multi-island nation, the government
recognizes the dual need for foreign capital investment and the
development of its own people; therefore, the following sectors of the
economy have been promoted for foreign investors and reserved for

Areas targeted for overseas investors

Tourist resorts

Upscale condominium, timeshare and second-home development

International business centers


Information/data processing

Assembly industries

Hi-tech services

Ship registration, repair and other ship services

Light manufacturing for export


Food processing


Banking and other financial services

Captive insurance

Aircraft services

Pharmaceutical manufacture

Offshore medical centers

Areas reserved for Bahamians

Wholesale and retail operations (international investors may engage
in the wholesale distribution of any product they produce locally)
Commission agencies engaged in the import/export trade

Real estate and domestic property management agencies

Domestic newspaper and magazine publications

Domestic advertising and public relations firms

Nightclubs and restaurants, except specialty, gourmet and ethnic
restaurants, and restaurants operating in a hotel, resort complex or
tourist attraction
Security services

Domestic distribution of building supplies

Construction companies, except for special structures for which international expertise is required

Personal cosmetic/beauty establishment

Shallow water scale fish, crustacea, mollusks and sponge-fishing operations

Auto and appliance service operations

Public transportation

While these lists outline areas for international investors, they
are not comprehensive. Investors interested in areas that are unlisted
should consult with the Bahamas Investment Authority for more
information. The government encourages joint ventures with Bahamian