Revised: Stronger Bahamas Continues National Conversation

 

Volunteer for the National Conversation

Starting today, the Government is seeking participants – regardless of social or economic status, island of origin or political party preference – to communicate their ideas, aspirations and priorities for the future of The Bahamas through in-person discussion groups to be held on 11 islands.

The discussion groups will be moderated by an independent third party facilitator and will begin on Monday, August 31st at various locations in Nassau and the Family Islands.

These groups are part of the Stronger Bahamas National Conversation initiative. The initiative provides an opportunity for Bahamians to engage on issues of importance to The Bahamas, such as preventing crime, creating jobs and improving education. It also gives persons a venue to communicate directly with Government their ideas and proposed solutions for challenges specific to their island of residence.

“We want to ensure that Bahamians feel positive and hopeful about our future as a country,” says Prime Minister Perry Christie. “This can only happen if our citizens feel engaged in our plan for the future. We want all Bahamians, no matter who you are, where you live, or who you vote for, to be part of the plan so that we have a clear roadmap to a Stronger Bahamas that reflects the realities of our people.”

Corresponding with the launch of Stronger Bahamas on May 27th, the National Conversation online survey on StrongerBahamas.com was initiated. To date, hundreds of Bahamians have contributed thoughts and ideas on how to build a Stronger Bahamas for our future. The in-person discussion groups aim to generate additional opinions from Bahamians.

How to participate:

The Government is asking for volunteers who want to be part of the in-person discussion groups. All feedback provided will be confidential and will not be attributed to any specific person. Persons who volunteer will be asked demographic questions and will be entered into a database. A maximum of 12 people per group will be randomly selected to attend and will receive further details on the meeting time and location. Those who are not selected to participate are encouraged to complete the National Conversation online survey on StrongerBahamas.com.

Those interested in participating are asked to email info@strongerbahamas.com and provide your name, contact information (email and phone number), and which group you would like to attend.

Persons can also leave a voicemail at 242-636-8943, again providing your name, contact information and which group you would like to attend.

The recruitment and facilitation for the in-person discussions are being managed by an independent third party, to ensure the process is fair and objective.

Meeting dates and locations:

Grand Bahama (West End) – Wednesday, September 2nd

Grand Bahama (Freeport) – Wednesday, September 2nd

Grand Bahama (High Rock) – Friday, September 4th

Cat Island (New Bight) – Saturday, September 5th

Harbour Island – Monday, September 7th

Spanish Wells – Tuesday, September 8th  

Eleuthera (Governors Harbor) – Tuesday, September 8th  

Eleuthera (Rock Sound) – Wednesday, September 9th

Exuma (Georgetown) – Friday, September 11th

Exuma (Staniel Cay) – Friday, September 11th

North Long Island – Tuesday, September 15th

South Long Island – Tuesday, September 15th

Bimini – Tuesday, September 22nd

Abaco (Coopers Town) – Wednesday, September 23rd

Abaco (Marsh Harbour) – Wednesday, September 23rd

North Andros – Thursday September 24th

South Andros – Friday, September 25th

Nassau – Tuesday, September 29th and Wednesday, September 30th

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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