Backgrounder: Modern Bahamas

May 27, 2015 – Nassau, The Bahamas – Today, during his Budget 2015 address to the House of Assembly, Prime Minister Perry G. Christie launched Stronger Bahamas, a new, non-partisan national policy development, public engagement and communications initiative.

A Modern Bahamas is most achievable if built on a strong foundation of education and targeted social investment. To this end, initiatives launched under the Modern Bahamas pillar will aim to foster an education system that increases opportunities for wealth creation and economic empowerment. They will enhance assistance to Bahamians who need support through improved social programs, and maintain a healthcare system that is affordable and accessible to all Bahamians.

Key Facts:

  • The Government is allocating $45 million in funding towards education in 2015.
  • The College of The Bahamas is being transformed into the University of The Bahamas by year-end.
  • The introduction of a phased National Health Insurance (NHI) system, which will not require new taxes or fees, as of January 1, 2016.
  • By the end of June 2015, there will be 4300 Bahamians using the new Social Services Prepaid Card.
  • 47% of youth enrolled in the government’s Fresh Start programme gain employment as a direct result. The Fresh Start programme is being expanded to the Family Islands this year and is increasing from 1 to 3 course cycles per year.
  • The Government will be phasing in National Health Insurance over the course of several years.
  • Government will build a $20 million Centre for Adults with Developmental Disabilities.
  • The Bahamas has 28 airports nationwide. The Government is investing $200 million toward airport modernization and upgrades.
  • 270 affordable houses have been built since 2012.
  • The Bahamas Mortage Corporation recently approved the issuance of $100 million in bonds, which will jump start the Government’s aggressive housing program and add over 1000 new housing units to our inventory. Through private public partnerships, the Government will complete the programme over the next two years.
  • The Government has increased The Bahamas’ marine protected areas by 10% since 2012.

Get Involved in Building a Modern Bahamas:

For more information on Stronger Bahamas and to participate in the online questionnaire, visit www.strongerbahamas.com

Get involved with Stronger Bahamas on social media by sending a WhatsApp message to 242-433-1066 and through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Contact:

Nikki Simmons

Press Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister

242-702-5542

 

About Stronger Bahamas:

Stronger Bahamas represents a new vision for the country. It is a new, non-partisan national policy development, public engagement and communications initiative. The program is designed to raise public awareness of the actions being taken and the progress being made against the country’s three most pressing policy challenges: reducing crime and improving the justice system; creating jobs and stimulating the economy; and improving education and modernizing social programs. At the same time, Stronger Bahamas invites all Bahamians to provide feedback on what else should be done to create a safe, prosperous and modern future. This feedback will be used to draft the National Development Plan.

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