The Government & Public Policy Institute (GPPI) seeks to offer highly sought-after services in the research, design and implementation of public policy in The Bahamas and abroad.

The Government and Public Policy Institute (GPPI) is an institute of the University of The Bahamas with highly trained and motivated professionals pursuing public policy discourse, research and training that significantly impacts the good governance, prosperity and sustainable development of The Bahamas and the Caribbean.

  1. Critical thinking through curiosity and openness.
  2. Rigorous research — the only foundation upon which we can lay our propositions.
  3. Integrity — the thread that makes the fabric of our research strongest.
  4. Sound public policy for sustainable national development.
  5. Service to our people — our principal aim and objective.
  6. Ongoing training and development of our team — key to excellence in our work.
  7. Collaboration with all our partners — essential to fulfilling our mission on behalf of the University.
  • Integrity
  • Scholarship
  • Diligence
  • Independence
  • Non-partisanship
  • On-demand Public Service training.
  • “Meet the Policy Directors Lecture Series” featuring past and current government executives sharing perspectives on national policy and development in a neutral academic setting for the edification of the public and the advancement of democracy.
  • “Distinguished Global Lecture Series” held quarterly, featuring national and international speakers on global issues with national and regional import.
  • Public policy consultation.
  • Ongoing research and academic analysis in the areas of governance, public policy creation and practice, development, decentralization and democratization.
  • Critical inquiry, discourse and engagement around national development and public policy matters through publications, seminars, lectures, forums and other media.
  • Monitoring the National Development Plan and providing feedback to policymakers on its implementation.
  • Evidence-based advice on the implementation of the Bahamas Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Collation and dissemination of Key National Economic Performance Indicators (KNEPI) and forecasts annually in collaboration with the Department of Statistics and the Central Bank of The Bahamas.

“Our team comprises the Executive Director, Policy Assistant, Administrative Assistant and the resources of more than 200 University of The Bahamas faculty members.”

We believe that to execute our mission effectively we must have at our disposal local and international experts capable of guiding the institute.  Therefore, the University has appointed the following highly qualified, talented, experienced professionals to serve on the GPPI Advisory Board:

  • Juan Bacardi, CEO, Bristol Group of Companies
  • Anita Bernard, Former Secretary to the Cabinet of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
  • Carmen Butler, Retired Banker
  • Brenda Cleare, President, LJ Mortimer Maritime Academy
  • Anthony Ferguson, President & Founder, CFAL
  • Julian Francis, Chairman, Commonwealth Brewery; Former Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas
  • Barry Malcolm, Businessman and Former Executive Vice President of the Grand Bahama Port Authority
  • Tyrone McKenzie, Vice President (Administration), Albany Bahamas
  • Richard Mullaney, Executive Director, Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute
  • Wendy Warren, Managing Director, Caystone Solutions

Upcoming Events

Archived Events

Former Central Bank Governors Analyze Monetary and Fiscal Policy

From left front row: Provost Dr. Linda A. Davis, former Governors Mr. Julian Francis and Mr. James Smith and UB President Dr. Rodney D. Smith. Back row: GPPI Executive Director Mr. Zhivargo Laing, former Governors Mrs. Wendy Craigg and Sir William Allen and current Governor Mr. John Rolle.

On Tuesday, 20th November, UB’s Government and Public Policy Institute (GPPI) hosted a policy forum featuring former Central Bank Governors under the theme, “The Past, Present and Future of Monetary and Fiscal Policy.” Event moderator and lead organizer Mr. Zhivargo Laing, Senior Fellow and Executive Director of GPPI, expressed the importance of open exchange of ideas about the country’s monetary and fiscal policies and the way forward. Former Governors Sir William Allen, Mr. Julian Francis, Mr. James Smith and Ms. Wendy Craigg provided key insights on the Bahamian economy, current fiscal trends and forecasts for the future. Current Central Bank Governor Mr. John A. Rolle spoke about the bank’s role particularly in balancing inflows and domestic credit and maintaining adequate external reserves.

UB President Dr. Rodney D. Smith said he hoped the forum would encourage students to consider careers in public policy, government or law and that UB has created opportunities for students and the public to become engaged and informed.

The policy forum was streamed live and made accessible to an audience in Grand Bahama at the Pelican Bay Resort in Freeport.

For additional information contact:
P.O. Box N-4912, Nassau, The Bahamas