Atlantis Hotel

June 26th, 2015

Poseidon Room 4


Throughout history small countries and states have contributed much to the world, from Venice and the Netherlands, to Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland today. The Caribbean, including the Bahamas, could also become a beacon of free enterprise and economic progress. The new policy of the United States toward Cuba, the largest country in the region, might provide opportunities to liberate the potential of the Bahamas and other countries in the region.

The Nassau Institute, with the support of the Atlas Network is conducting a morning and luncheon program on June 26th, just before the John Templeton Members Meeting. During lunch, two prestigious members of JTF will engage in a discussion and Q&A on morality and free enterprise. We are privileged to have Fr. Robert Sirico, President of the Acton Institute, and Lauren Templeton, Founder and Principal at Templeton & Phillips Capital Management, LLC, addressing this important issue.




9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. - Session I: Changing scenarios in the region: Cuba and the United States relations.

Cuba and the United States:  Ambassador Otto Reich.

Economic impact and implications in the region of the Cuba-United States relations. Ernesto Selman, CREES, Dominican Republic


9:50 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. - Session II: Sectors in Need of Liberalization

The energy market in the Caribbean. Hubert G. “Mort” Taylor, Signal Power & Light Inc., Alabama 

The need to improve investment freedoms: Dr. John Rodgers, Bahamas

Session Moderator - Professor Randy Forbes, Bahamas


Coffee Break


11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Session 3: Rule of Law in the Caribbean

Can Rule of Law compete with Cronyism in the Caribbean - Tamico Gilbert

The need for transparency in the public sector - Tamara van Breugel

Session Moderator - Jorge Borlandelli, Nassau Institute




12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. - Session 4: Morality and Free Enterprise: The Current and Future Challenges Luncheon

A conversation over lunch with Pedro Schwartz, President of the Mont Pelerin Society, and Robert Sirico, President of the Acton Institute