Gruner: Bahamas, South Africa share unique bond

On October 20, 1985, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Lyford Cay, former Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling led the charge as chairman of the meeting and persuaded the group to agree to what is known as the Nassau Accord, which outlined a renewed approach to increasing pressure and sanctions on South Africa’s then minority apartheid government.

Bahamas-Based Charity Inspires in SA

Bahamas-based charity Starlight Global recently held its signature event, titled A Night of Inspiration, in South Africa. The cultural event, which is designed to motivate people to achieve great things, was held at The Saxon boutique hotel in Johannesburg.

Guests sat down to a formal dinner while by Sibongile Mngoma, a well-known opera singer, performed accompanied by a string quartet.

Bahamas Offers Middle East Hub For Diversifying

A senior Andbank (Bahamas) executive believes the Bahamas can provide asset and investment portfolio diversification for funds flowing into the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from troubled Middle Eastern countries.

Werner Gruner, Andbank (Bahamas) director of private banking, recently visited the UAE as part of the delegation led by Tony Joudi, principal of FTC.

He returned to the Bahamas believing the Bahamas’ economic growth can be tied to the Middle East and North Africa, through the creation of mutual investment opportunities.

Private Bank Doubles Employees In 'Hard Times'

Andbank established full service operation in 2013

An Andorra-based bank which set up a full service private banking arm in Nassau last year has doubled its employees in the past 12 months as it looks to “differentiate” itself from the competition.

Andbank is headquartered in Andorra and owned by the third generation of two families. In 2001 it obtained a banking license in The Bahamas.

A Night Of Inspiration In Nassau Honours Mandela

Nassau, Bahamas - On the heels of the first ever Majority Rule Holiday and as South Africa celebrates twenty (20) years of freedom, Starlight Global and the South African High Commission honoured the life of former South African President, the late Nelson Mandela for his devotion to the fight for freedom and his contribution to humanity. Starlight Global recognizes the vital role played by key figures in the Bahamas in the release of Mr. Nelson Mandela from prison.

The Bahamas Opening Of Andbank

Andbank following its path to making a difference in difficult times

Andbank is a bank headquartered in Andorra and owned by the third generation of two families. It was founded over 80 years ago in 1930 with the singular vision of establishing social and economic success in Andorra by driving endeavors in business, culture and sports during a worldwide economic depression. Soon over the course of the 20th century, Andbank became a backbone in the local Andorran economy. Today, Mr. Cerqueda, one of the two owners, has taken the vision of the bank internationally – first investing in The Bahamas in 2001 and now establishing a full-service private bank with same principle of driving successful entrepreneurs. Once more in a difficult economic global environment, Andbank has taken a different step than most other banks and doubled the number of staff in The Bahamas following its path in history in believing to make a difference despite difficult times.

Faces Of The Industry: Werner Gruner

What attracted you to the sector?

After having worked a couple of years in

various banking back-office functions, including e-business and legal and compliance, I wanted to make the switch into the front office in order to merge two of my passions: people and global finance. Without any experience or initial education in the finance sector, various managers looking to hire would close the door on me, one after the other. One manager, after having interviewed me, decided to give me a chance.

BFSB’S 12th Annual Financial Services Industry Gala

Minister of Financial Services, the Hon. Ryan Pinder (second right) joins Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) executives in presenting the Professional of the Year Award to Relationship Manager and Director at Julius Baer Bank and Trust (Bahamas) Limited, Mr. Werner H. Gruner, during the BFSB 12th Annual Financial Services Industry Excellence Awards Gala Dinner, held at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort.

All Roads Lead To The Botanical Gardens

Sample Haitian coffee, sip local brews and indulge in delicious seafood. With art and craft on display, there’s something for everyone, and all roads will definitely lead to the 17th Annual International Cultural Festival.

Twenty-three countries and 140 booths strong is what will be showcased this weekend at the Botanical Gardens in Chippingham, with approximately 25,000 people expected to swarm through the gates over the course of Saturday and Sunday.

A Successful Fundraiser For The National Museum Of The Bahamas

Under the distinguished patronage of Their Excellencies The governor General and Lady Foulkes, the Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation (AMMC) launched a series of fundraising activities under the theme “Great Affairs” towards the establishment of the National Museum of The Bahamas at Collins House.

This very successful event took the format of the concert “An Evening of Popular Classical Music” in the Ballroom of Government House on Friday 24th February 2012.