The Honorable Michael B. Halkitis was born on February 1st, 1969, in Nassau, Bahamas. He attended St. Augustine’s College and Mr. Halkitis began his post-secondary education at the College of the Bahamas and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Halkitis qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst in 1995. Mr. Halkitis was first elected to The Parliament of The Bahamas in 2002 and again in 2012. He currently serves as Minister of Economic Affairs and Leader of Government Business in The Senate. His portfolio responsibilities include Promotion of Financial Services, Small Business Development, Ease of Doing Business, Consumer Protection and International Trade. Under his many years of leadership, the Bahamas’ Ministry of Finance was not only brought into the modern age through the digitization of its operations, but also through the implementation of major taxation reforms which have been applauded for their seamless integration. Currently, he oversees the nation’s trade, financial services industry, aims to improve our country’s ease of doing business, and directs our country’s digitization efforts. He will play an important role in helping to stabilize the country’s finances.