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China Pressed For Increased Bahamian Involvement In Baha Mar

The much-touted $2.6 billion Baha Mar project planned for Cable Beach is hanging in the balance as the government awaits word from the company’s Chinese partners on whether they will make fundamental changes to the deal.

The government is waiting on the Chinese to say whether they would agree to Bahamian subcontractors getting up to $500 million of the work, as opposed to the $200 million in work currently envisioned in the deal.

It would mean a stronger involvement of Bahamians on the project, something Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has been insisting on.

It is understood that Ingraham has also asked the Chinese to agree to a phased development as opposed to a one phase project.

The Guardian has learnt that the government expects an answer from the Chinese on these issues by the end of November. Baha Mar officials had hoped to break ground on their development by then, but that appears unlikely.

Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian told The Nassau Gaurdian recently that the one-phased approach was a condition of the financing.

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