Bahamas Culture of Business

By | July 24, 2022

Subchapters:

  • Introduction
  • Addressing
  • Business Meeting
  • Communication
  • Recommendations
  • Public holidays

Introduction

Bahamian business culture is heavily influenced by the US and Great Britain, so the meetings will reflect a combination of these cultures. The Bahamas is known for its people being friendly, welcoming and informal. They maintain a sense of propriety and are very polite. They are hospitable and like to meet new people. Sharing a meal is the most common way to build a relationship.

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Addressing

Business partners are most often addressed by academic title and surname. Addressing by name is not frequent, it requires an already advanced mutual relationship.

Business meeting

Punctuality and formal attire are expected from the business partner. Dressing too casually can be misinterpreted as a lack of respect towards a business partner. It is recommended to bring a little attention to the partner. The handshake should be firm and eye contact should be maintained throughout the meeting. Business cards are exchanged without formal ritual. Business cards should be treated with respect. When you receive the business card, place it in the business card holder. The way you handle business cards is considered a sign of how you handle a relationship. Writing on someone’s business card in front of them is considered rude.

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Communication

English is the official language and is widely spoken in the Bahamas. Spoken English is known as Bahamian English, which is a product of British English combined with rich linguistic influences from African languages. Creole is used among Haitian immigrants. Bahamians are successful communicators, they are also very adept at modifying their language to sound friendly. Humor is a common part of their communication style.

Recommendation

The meeting agenda serves as a guide only and may not always be followed by the Bahamian partner. Since personal relationships are highly valued, it is recommended to start a conversation on non-business topics during the meeting as well.

Public Holidays

New Year

Good Friday Easter Whit Monday (7 weeks after Easter)

Labor Day (first Friday in June)

Independence Day – July 10 – Independence Day (1973)

Emancipation Day (first Monday in August) Discovery Day – October 12

Christmas – December 25 and 26

Holidays that fall on Saturday or Sunday are usually replaced by Friday or Monday.

Contacts

Subchapters:

  • Contacts to Czech embassies in the territory
  • Practical telephone numbers (emergency services, police, firefighters, information lines, etc.)
  • Important Internet links and contacts

Contacts at the embassies of the Czech Republic in the territory

Embassy of the Czech Republic in Havana

Ave Kohly 259, entre 41 y 43 Nuevo Vedado La Habana, Cuba

Phone: (+53) 78833201, 78833467 Fax: (+53) 78833596

e-mail: [email protected] commercial and economic department: [email protected]

Facebook: facebook.com/EmbajadaChecaLaHabana

Territorial jurisdiction of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Havana: Cuba, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Information and a map with the location of the ZÚ can be found at www.mzv.cz/havana in the chapter “How to find us”.

Czech Trade, Czech Invest and CzechTourism do not operate in the Bahamian archipelago.

Practical telephone numbers (emergency services, police, firemen, information lines, etc.)

First Aid/Ambulance – 352-2689 or 352-6735

First Aid/Air – 352-2628 or 911

Fire Rescue -352-8888 or 911

Police – 911

Important web links and contacts

Government website – www.bahamas.gov.bs

Central Bank – Statistics – www.centralbankbahamas.com

International Investment Center – www.bfsb-bahamas.com

Bahamas Chamber of Commerce – www.thebahamaschamber.com

Association of International Banks and Trusts – www.aibt-bahamas.com

The Nassau Guardian – www.thenassauguardian.com

Bahamas Culture of Business