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Strengthening the Economy

The economy of The Bahamas is relatively stable and growing. To ensure the ongoing economic success of our country, the Government is committed to continuing to implement measures such as tax reform, fiscal transparency, and a review of public spending to evaluate effective management of our national debt.

Some recent initiatives include:

  • The Government clearly communicated the details of Budget 2016/2017 to ensure Bahamians have a full understanding of how public money is being spent.
  • Reducing the Fiscal Deficit has been a major priority.Between 2012 and the end of the 2016/2017 fiscal year, the deficit will have been reduced by $439 million, or 80 per cent. Reducing the deficit allows our economy to grow, helps us to slow the growth of debt, and eventually reduce our debt to GDP ratio.
  • A broad programme of Tax Reform has been implemented to make the collection system fairer. These reforms are expected to generate at least $500 million in new Government revenues by 2017. The funds will be directed to reducing deficit and improving initiatives such as healthcare and education.
  • The Government has Lowered Property Tax Rates on properties valued between $250,000 to $500,000 from 0.75% to 0.625% as of January 1, 2016. There are also various exemptions and incentives that will help home owners and business owners save money. Click here for details.
  • Changes to regulations have made it Cheaper to Import Cars. Bahamians no longer have to pay custom duties on shipping for imported cars. A ban on importing cars 10 years or older came into effect on September 1, 2015.
  • The Bahamas’ National Energy Policy aims to reduce the cost of energy in The Bahamas. The goal is to decrease electricity costs to Bahamians by 41% over time.
  • The Government has strengthened the Department of Inland Revenue, which aims to educate the public on the various reforms led by the Ministry of Finance
  • On January 5th, 2016, Government of the Bahamas unveiled the Online Company Formation, which allows for the incorporation of companies in the Bahamas to be done entirely online.The modernization is part of the Government’s commitment to improve the ease in which businesses are able to operate in The Bahamas.

 

Creating Jobs

Since 2012, The Government has created tens of thousands of jobs through domestic investment and a renewed focus on growing tourism industry.

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PM Christie Remarks at Carnival Cruise Lines Heads of Agreement Signing

We have gathered here today for the signing of an historic Agreement with Carnival Cruise Lines for the establishment of a cruise port and destination

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GB Tourism Officials Keep Efforts Focused on Environmental Protection

Recognizing the importance of coastal protection, Ministry of Tourism officials in Grand Bahama brought to the forefront initiatives taken in April, Coastal Awareness Month, that

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Bahamians Partnering in New Andros Marina Village

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie congratulated his friend of many years, Mr. Prescott Smith and his business partner Ms.

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Minister Gray Supports Youth Sailing with Sir Durward Knowles National Junior Sailing Regatta

Over 100 young sailors will be participating in this year’s annual Sir Durward Knowles National Junior Sailing Regatta, from Andros, Abaco, Grand Bahama, Exuma, Long

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Urban Renewal Celebrates Completion of 20 Uplifting Services Throughout New Providence

A spirit of hope prevailed as Mother Rachael Mackey bellowed the words of the song “The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow” as Urban Renewal

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Transformation Ministries Community Clean Up for Easter

While most churches were busy sprucing up their sanctuaries to welcome members and guests on one of the most important Sundays of the year, Transformation

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Statement from PM Christie: Bahamas Election Set for May 10th

My Fellow Bahamians, Good morning! Earlier today, just a short while ago, the present Parliament was officially dissolved. Every seat in the House of Assembly

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Parliament Prorogued

Today the Commissioner of Police, in his capacity as Provost Marshall read, from the steps of Parliament, two Proclamations from Her Excellency the Governor General.

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PM Christie: Abaconian Educator Patrick Bethel is a ‘Bahamian Exemplar’

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said, on April 6, 2017, that the renaming of the Abaco Central High School,

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GB Minister: ‘Projects in East End, Expected to Improve the Lives of Residents’

A new subdivision, a brand new cemetery, a new cruise port, and improvements to the community clinic are all in the works and underway, and

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GB Minister Says Much Has Been Done by Newly-Established Ministry

It was considered to be “Report Card Day” for the Minister of Grand Bahama, and Dr. Michael Darville is hoping that his Ministry receives an

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Merger of NSA Grounds to UB to Form University Commons

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson held a Press Conference, March 31, 2017 to announce the merger of the National

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Prison Inmates to Produce License Plates for RTD

The Road Traffic Department (RTD) has entered a partnership with the Department of Corrections to produce license plates. The announcement was made during a press

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Communication by PM Christie on VAT Revenues

Mr. Speaker, Prior to the 2012 General Election, my Government proposed, in its Charter for Governance, the most comprehensive and transformative programme of structural change

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Relaxation of Exchange Controls to Expand Access of Domestic Businesses to Foreign Currency Financing

Mr. Speaker, I wish to announce that the Government has approved the relaxation of certain Exchange Control measures to provide access by certain categories of

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Fiscal Performance in the First Half of 2016/2017

Mr. Speaker, Fiscal performance during the first half 2016/2017 was adversely influenced by Hurricane Matthew which impacted the Northern Bahamas. The shock was felt equally

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PM Christie Lauds Education Legacy of North Andros’s Clara Evans

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie praised the legacy of North Andros’ education icon Ms. Clara E. Evans, on March

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More than 3,000 Pass Through NTA: 70 Percent Find Employment

The National Training Agency is boasting 70 percent employment after participants have acquired a variety of skills for the workforce. The Minister of Labour and

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Strong Community Ties Protect the Well-being of Children

The creation of stronger, more nurturing communities that are supportive of family life is one of the mechanisms that can be used to help turn

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Important Firsts for Newest Customs Graduates

The 2016/2017 Graduating Class of Customs Officers has undergone a number of ‘firsts,’ said Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie

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Baha Mar Certificate of Occupancy Handed Over

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, said, on March 21, 2017, that the handing over of the Certificate of Occupancy

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Work Progressing on $11.5 Million School in West Grand Bahama

Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville on Monday expressed much delight over the ongoing construction of a new junior high school for

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‘How to Be a Savvy Consumer’: Consumer Protection Commission Holds Mall Exhibit

The Ministry of Labour & National Insurance’s Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) held an exhibition at Marathon Mall in recognition of World Consumer Rights Day, March

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The Need for More Customs Officers Continues to Grow Says PM

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie has called on Assistant Comptroller of Customs in Grand Bahama, Sherick Martin to begin

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First Cohort of Youth Environmental Corps Programme Graduate

More than 30 Naturalists and Horticultural Apprentices in the much touted Youth Environmental Corps Programme (YEC) graduated today in a commencement and awards ceremony held

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BAMSI College hosts Informational Symposium

The admissions department of The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) recently held an informational symposium for senior school guidance counselors, community leaders and

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Urban Renewal Reaches Out to Residents of Elizabeth Estates

The Urban Renewal 2.0 Programme continued its quest to uplift and bring hope and relief to residents, taking its Community Uplifting Services into Elizabeth Estates

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North Eleuthera School Renamed After A ‘Teacher Extraordinaire’

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said, on March 9, 2017, that the renaming of the North Eleuthera Primary School

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Commonwealth Day Celebrated in The Bahamas

The Bahamas joined 52 countries around the world as it raised the Commonwealth Flag in unison with over 700 other flags at 10:00 hours Monday,

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The Pointe Celebrates Phase II Groundbreaking

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis said, on March 11, 2017, that the ceremony that day for

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Guyana’s President Said He Learned a Lot During Visit to The Bahamas

Sitting Chairman of the Caribbean Community regional body (CARICOM) and President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, His Excellency Brigadier David Granger said that he

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Royal Caribbean to Construct Fixed Pier at Coco Cay

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie announced, on March 7, 2017, that Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, with the approval of

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Mitchell: GB Integral to Government’s Overall Foreign Affairs Policies

On the recent State Visit of the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, His Excellency Brigadier David Granger, to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

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Three New Island Administrators Sworn In

After three months of training, three persons have been sworn in to become Island Administrators. The three newly-appointed Administrators are Mr. Earl Campbell, Mrs. Francis

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President of Departs After Productive State Visit to The Bahamas

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said more visits to the northern region of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) must be made by other leaders

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‘UB Blue Day’ and Pep Rally

Presenting its athletics brand to the community, the University of The Bahamas (UB) held a fun-filled ‘UB Blue Day and Pep Rally’ on Thursday, March

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Urban Renewal Continues to Uplift Residents with Special Services

Residents of Claridge Road, Pinedale, Pineridge and surrounding neighborhoods were in praise mode Wednesday, March 1st as local gospel artists Prophet Lawrence Rolle and Sister

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PM Christie Welcomes FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Draw on Live International Broadcast

During a live internationally-broadcasted event, on February 28, 2017, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie “warmly” welcomed, on behalf of

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‘UB Mingoes’ Brand and Mascot Launched

That was the chant of University of The Bahamas (UB) students Monday, February 27, as the institution officially unveiled, ‘Mingoes,’ its new athletics brand and

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Griffin Promotes ‘Finer Points’ of National Parenting Programme

The Department of Rehabilitative and Welfare Services, Ministry of Social Services and Community Development, has developed and established a cutting-edge National Parenting Programme that is

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DPM and GB Minister Updated on Work at Fishing Hole Road Trestle Bridge & Fishing Village

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis visited Grand Bahama on Thursday, for an impromptu visit to a

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Good Practices in Education Celebrated

Top finishers in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology’s (MOEST) National Education Good Practice Awards were recently honored for their achievements. The inaugural programme

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Competition is Key to Improvement, GB Minister Tells School Basketball Players

Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville reminded a gym filled with primary school basketball players that competition is the key to improvement,

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Students Honoured for Achievements in BJC and BGCSE Subjects

The academic output of Government schools, which represent 75 percent of the student body, must increase if The Bahamas is going to see a marked

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The Bahamas and OAS Sign MOU for Scholarships and Training

The Bahamas Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST) and the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), today, signed a Memorandum of

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Bahamian Brewery $2 Million Expansion in Grand Bahama

While some companies and local residents are still in a recovery mode from the recent passing of Hurricane Matthew, Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company Limited

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GB School Teams Given Volleyball Jerseys

Freeport Restaurant Company Ltd. donated team jerseys to four volleyball teams at the Ministry for Grand Bahama on Monday, February 6, 2017. The presentation was

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PM Christie Inspired by UB Students’ Concept Ideas for Expo 2020

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie and members of the Cabinet got a first-hand look at the concept ideas University of the Bahamas (UB)

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Minister of the Public Service Expresses Confidence in the Sector

Minister of Labour and National Insurance and of the Public Service the Hon. D. Shane Gibson said he is confident the future of the sector

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Bahamas to Host UN Small Island Developing States Symposium

The Bahamas will host the United Nations Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Symposium. It is anticipated that delegates representing 37 United Nations member states will

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Strengthening of Alliances Expected from 9th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education

Building and strengthening of alliances are among the expected outcomes of the 9th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education scheduled to take place February 9-10

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Youth and Culture Kick Off CHTA Marketplace 2017

The youth of the nation took centre stage kicking off the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2017 in culture and dance at

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Naomi Blatch Pre-School Visits Fire Services Division

Sixty pre-school students of Naomi Blatch Pre-School along with their principal, Joyann Wells, and teachers visited Police Headquarters, Fire Services Division, January 27, 2017 to

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PM Christie Updates Business Community on Foreign Investment Projects

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie told businesspersons and stakeholders attending Bahamas Business Outlook at Melia Nassau Beach Resort that

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4th GB Industrial, Technical and Maritime Career Fair Launched

The Conference Centre of Our Lucaya was buzzing with activity as businesses set up their displays for the 4th Grand Bahama Industrial, Technical and Maritime

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MSC Breaks Ground on Cruise Port with a Conservation Aspect

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said that under its Heads of Agreement negotiated with the Bahamas Government, the Mediterranean

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50 Years of Majority Rule Celebrated

It was 50 years ago, on January 10, 1967 when a new era in governing The Bahamas – Majority Rule — was ushered in.  And

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Grand Bahamians urged to Join Historic Majority Rule Celebrations

Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville called on all Grand Bahamians to “make their way to Nassau” to join forces with those

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UB Students Gain Work Experience at Resorts World Bimini

A pilot partnership project between the University of The Bahamas (UB) and Resorts World Bimini (RWB) – which resulted in six students gaining work experience

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The Bahamas Regulates Fly Fishing Industry

Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. V. Alfred Gray announced that on Monday, January 9, 2017 Fly Fishing Industry regulations will come into

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The Bahamas Set to Host Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education

The Bahamas Government will host the Ninth Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education (9IAMME), February 9-10, 2017 at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island. Ministers of Education

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Junkanoo and Cultural Tourism Must Grow Says Culture Minister

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Dr. Danny Johnson said plans are on the drawing board to improve Junkanoo in Grand Bahama, and

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Children from Residential Homes in Nassau are treated to a Fun-filled Christmas Day in Grand Bahama

Close to 50 children from various foster residential homes in Nassau spent Christmas Day in the Second City, thanks to a partnership between Deputy Prime

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Deputy Prime Minister Envisions Bahamas Infrastructural Transformation Through PPPs

Public-private partnerships such as the one between the government and Triple P Investments Ltd., complement and expand access services offered by government, said Deputy Prime

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Unemployment rate in the Bahamas declines 1.1%

Since May 2016, the unemployment rate declined from 12.7% to 11.6% due to an increase (4,025) of employed persons and a decrease (2,155) of unemployed

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PM Expounds Importance of Public-Private Partnership at Construction Groundbreaking in Eight Mile Rock

Public-Private Partnership enables the Government of The Bahamas to avoid borrowing money to construct buildings and establish enterprises, which in turn allows for more employment

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New Administrative Complex to Bring Jobs for Grand Bahama Residents

The construction of the new Administrative Complex in Eight Mile Rock will create employment and economic activity for West Grand Bahama, said Minister for Grand

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Bahamas and Belize Share Caribbean Mediathon Win

The Bahamas and Belize have collaboratively made history by winning the Compete Caribbean Mediathon held recently in Barbados, November 22nd-23rd, 2016. It was the Caribbean’s

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Minister Kendred Dorsett Announces Renewable Energy Project for Anatol Rodgers High School

I am pleased to announce that the Government’s project to retrofit public buildings with photovoltaic systems will commence in the first quarter of 2017. The

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‘Best of the Best’ Regatta, a Success

Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. V. Alfred Gray praised the recent ‘Best of the Best’ Regatta as “more than a Regatta, it

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Youth Environmental Corps Members Attend Workshop for Green and Blue Jobs

The Ministry of Environment and Housing invited 160 participants of the Youth Environmental Corps, between the ages of 18 to 39, to learn about their

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Bahamas to Sign New Air Service Agreements

The Bahamas will sign six new air service contracts this week. This, according to Minister of Transport and Aviation the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, will open

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Concert Lights Up Abilities of Special Needs Students

Darron Turnquest, Director of Youth in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, called on Special Needs students to see the greatness, and the potential

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Urban Renewal Giving Hope and Joy to Residents

The spirit of thanksgiving and gratitude permeated the air at the Tom “The Bird” Grant Park in Yellow Elder, Wednesday, November 30th as the Urban

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PM Christie Heralds ‘Good News’ for Bahamas Tourism

Salutations… Ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for inviting me to break bread with you at your Annual Christmas Luncheon. There is no question that Stuart

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Straw Market Day Care and After School Centre Officially Launched

Vendors employed in the Downtown Straw Market now have a Nursery and After School Centre where their babies and children can be cared for during

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11 Centenarians at Nation Builders Ceremony

The Ministry of Social Services and Community Development in conjunction with the National Council on Older Persons honoured 11 centenarians from across The Bahamas at

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Public School Scholars Programme providing college opportunities for public school students

Public school students are being encouraged to pursue college education like never before, thanks to the Public Schools Scholars Programme. Mrs. Monique Hinsey, the programme’s

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Ministry of Tourism to launch Bahamian Christmas Village and Pompey Wonderland

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the Ministry of Tourism prepares to kick off the holiday season with the launch of Pompey

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National Women’s Week to Coincide with Women’s Suffrage Anniversary

The observance of the 54th anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement that led to the enfranchisement of Bahamian women on November 26, 1962, will be

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Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation Established as Restoration Continues

The following is a press statement given by Sarah St. George, GBPA Vice Chairman on  Wednesday, 16 November, 2016: It’s day 41 of Hurricane Matthew

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Department of Gender and Family Affairs Established

The Bureau of Women’s Affairs has been expanded into a Department of Gender and Family Affairs in order to ensure a more comprehensive, participatory approach

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PM Christie: Accountants on the ‘Frontline’ of Business Entities

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said that accountants are on the “front line” of The Bahamas’ business and commercial

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Pre-Clearance Service Returns to Grand Bahama International Airport Since Hurricane Matthew

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has re-established its Pre-Clearance service at the Grand Bahama International Airport. Officers returned to Grand Bahama on October 31, after

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Minister of Tourism Tells Leaders ‘The Bahamas is Still Open for Business’

Minister of Tourism and Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, The Honourable Obie Wilchecombe addressing tourism leaders from around the world during The United Nations

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New University of The Bahamas Plaque Unveiled

It was a beautiful day and indeed a historic moment when the plaque was unveiled at the entrance of the new University of The Bahamas.

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Over 150 youth complete first cohort of Citizen Security and Justice Programme’s Employability Training

This past Thursday, November 3rd, youth from all corners of New Providence celebrated their accomplishment in completing the Citizen Security and Justice Programme’s (CSJP) first-ever

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Statement from Minister Kenred Dorsett on Paris Agreement Entry into Force

I was present in the Conference Centre in Le Bourget with the delegation from The Bahamas led by Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie

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Measures And Incentives For Recovery Of Grand Bahama Economy Following Devastation Of Hurricane Matthew

As a result of the devastation wrought on Grand Bahama by Hurricane Matthew, the second largest center of population and economic activity in our country,

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Seminars to Assist GB Residents Following Matthew

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – A series of Post Crisis Seminars, jointly sponsored by the Ministry for Grand Bahama, the Grand Bahama Port Authority and the

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Bahamas Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) public update

The Hon. Jerome K. Fitzgerald, Minister with responsibility for the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) wishes to advise the public, particularly civil society that the

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Prime Minister of Dominica and CARICOM officials join PM Christie and NEMA to tour Hurricane Matthew damaged areas

The Rt Hon Perry Christie, Prime Minister, is facilitating the Prime Minister of Dominica the Hon Roosevelt Skerrit on a tour of Hurricane Matthew-ravaged areas

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REMARKS BY HER EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL REGARDING THE EFFECTS OF HURRICANE MATTHEW

My Fellow Bahamians and Residents, Having just suffered the most severe Hurricane to have affected The Bahamas over many years, I am sure that, all

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Bahamas Post Hurricane Relief Supplies Centers Announced for Nassau

THE PUBLIC IS ADVISED THAT THE FOLLOWING CENTRES WILL BE OPEN FOR DISTRIBUTION OF POST HURRICANE SUPPLIES. DISTRIBUTION CENTRE A: PITT ROAD, TWO-STOREY BUILDING NEXT

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All Roads in New Providence now passable following Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew, left The Bahamas as a Category 4 hurricane, leaving a trail of devastation in New Providence with most roads impassable.  In advance of

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Bahamas PM appoints Gibson as Hurricane Matthew relief coordinator

Prime Minister the Rt Hon Perry Christie has appointed the Hon Shane Gibson, Minister of Labour and National Insurance and Minister of the Public Service,

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PM Christie Announces Exigency Order in Wake of Hurricane Matthew

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie announced, on October 10, 2016, that an exigency order for properly-approved, privately-imported items would

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PROGRESS ON THE REMOBILIZATION, COMPLETION AND OPENING OF THE BAHA MAR CABLE BEACH RESORT

I am pleased today, one month after the announcement of an agreement between the Government of The Bahamas and the Export-Import Bank of China, that

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PM Christie Highlights Vibrant Public Sector Activity on Abaco

Dynamic public sector activity is centred on Abaco — a rising tourism and investment centre.  Ongoing investment continues in infrastructural improvement initiatives, such as road

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PM Christie Addresses UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants

During his statement at the United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants, on September 19, 2016, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance for The Bahamas

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PM Speaks of Importance of International Diplomatic Ties in National Development

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said that when the United Nations adopted its  ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ in

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Tourism Minister Wilchcombe Elected to Chair the CTO

Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe was elected as the new chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) at the State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in

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BAMSI Developments Towards Food Security

Expanding production acreage for the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) from 124 acres to beyond is the government’s newest strategy to strengthen the

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PM Christie On Negotiated Arrangements For The Baha Mar Cable Beach Resort

It gives me great pleasure to announce that earlier today, the Government of The Bahamas, and the Export-Import Bank of China, signed an agreement under

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Bahamas Government announces committee to process all Baha Mar claims

As part of the agreement between the Export-Import Bank of China (“the Bank”) and the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to remobilize and

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UPDATE: Government on Baha Mar Negotiations

The following is a statement from the Government of The Bahamas: Three days ago, the Prime Minister made a Statement to The Nation, regarding the

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BTVI Breaks Ground For SMART Classroom Block

The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) has broken ground for a new wing on the school’s campus. A ceremony was held on Thursday, August

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Negotiated Arrangements For The Baha Mar Cable Beach Resort

It gives me great pleasure to announce that earlier today, the Government of The Bahamas, and the Export-Import Bank of China, signed an agreement under

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PM Applauds Vibrant National Bursary Scholarship Initiative

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said Saturday that the ceremony that evening awarding 417 recipients National Bursary Scholarships to

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Speech: 2016 National Bursary Scholar Award Ceremony

It is an absolute privilege to be here tonight to participate in the  award of scholarships to yet another fine group of outstanding recipients. Tonight’s

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Ministry of Education Set to Regularize Home Schools

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is moving to regularize home schooling institutions, in an effort to ensure that all children are properly educated

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Speech: Investments Incentives Bill, 2016

It is both an honour and a humbling privilege to be able to rise and second this bill as the first Minister for Grand Bahama,

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PM Christie Announces Business Initiatives for Grand Bahama

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said in the House of Assembly, on August 3, 2016, that his Government’s recent

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Prime Minister Perry G. Christie on Grand Bahama (Port Area) Investment Incentives Bill

Mr. Speaker,  In my extensive Communication to this Honourable House on May 9, 2016, I indicated that for some two years my Government has been giving

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Rotary Club of Lucaya Learns of Modernized Bahamas Customs Department

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — Sherick “Sharky” Martin, assistant controller of Bahamas Customs, Northern Bahamas, presented the topic, “A Modern Bahamas Customs” to the Rotary Club

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Bahamas Makes History And Is Sanctioned “Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors”

The Bahamas continue to achieve monumental success and set historic records on the international front, this time being named the First “Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors”

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Update on the Bahamas Aviation Sector Modernization Work

The Ministry of Transport and Aviation wishes to provide an update to the work underway for the full modernization of the aviation sector in The

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Address: Opening of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference

Opening Address by The Rt. Hon Perry G. Christie  Prime Minister and Minister Of Finance at The 41st Regional Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) The Caribbean,

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2016 LABOR FORCE SURVEY- MAY

The Department of Statistics releases the results of its Labour Force and Household Income Survey which was conducted in May of this year. The survey provides information

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Remarks by PM Christie at the Official Re-Naming of Water & Sewerage Corporation

This renaming ceremony this morning during the commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Water and Sewerage Corporation is for us a reminder of just

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PM Christie Lauds the Honouring of 38 ‘Athletic Legends’

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said that it was always a “special pleasure” for him to participate in any

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Contract Signed for Andre Rodgers National Baseball Stadium

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture in conjunction with the Ministry of Works and Urban Development held a press conference and contract signing for

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Law Reform and Revision Committee Briefs Financial Services on Investment Funds Act Overhaul

Minister of Financial Services and Local Government the Hon. C.V. Hope Strachan was paid a courtesy call July 8, 2016 by the Law Reform and

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Universal Health Coverage Through NHI Can Drive Health and Social Equity

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through National Health Insurance can be one of the greatest drivers of health equity in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Minister

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New Rotary Executives Visit Minister for Grand Bahama; Continue Mission

In welcoming newly-elected executives of Rotary and Rotaract clubs on Grand Bahama, Minister Darville commended the Rotarians for the difference they make in the lives

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How is the Government Building a Modern Bahamas?

  The Government of The Bahamas continues to be committed to modernizing The Bahamas through investments in the education system, the transition of the College

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Bill to establish the University of The Bahamas moves to second reading in the House of Assembly

  Nassau, The Bahamas – Today, marked a milestone in the fulfillment of a 14-year vision, with the move to second reading in the House

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Official Dedication and Handover of Home in Nassau Village

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie addressed audience and stakeholders at the Official Dedication and Handover of the Hanna Family

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Independence Day Message From Prime Minister Perry Christie

On behalf of the government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and on my own behalf, and that of my wife, Bernadette, and our family,

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Statement: Minister of the Environment and Housing

The public is advised that the relevant agencies of the Ministry of the Environment and Housing are aware of the issue detailed in the Nassau

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BTVI Graduates Called on to Contribute to Country’s Economic Vision

Gowon Bowe, partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Chairman, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation, advised the 2016 graduating Class of Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI)

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Ministry of Financial Services Participates in STEP Global Congress, Amsterdam

Minister of Financial Services the Hon. C.V. Hope Strachan led a small delegation from the Ministry to the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

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Closing Statement of the 2016/2017 Budget Debate

In closing the debate on the 2016/17 Budget Communication, I am drawn to remark that the quality and constructiveness of the contributions that have been

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PM Christie on The Referendum on Gender Equality

I should like to commend the people of The Bahamas for their participation in yesterday’s historic vote on gender equality. Yesterday’s referendum was fair, transparent

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Backgrounder: An Agenda for a Modern Bahamas

May 25, 2016 – Nassau, The Bahamas – Today, during his Budget 2016 address to the House of Assembly, Prime Minister Perry G. Christie presented

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Prime Minister Perry G. Christie on Hawksbill Creek Agreement

  Mr. Speaker, The review of the expiring concessions under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement has afforded my Government the opportunity to conclude arrangements aimed at

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Mid-Year Budget Statement

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present the 2015/16 Mid-Year Budget Statement, the fourth such Statement of my Administration, as mandated by the Financial

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Prime Minister Christie on the status of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement

Mr. Speaker, On July 22, 2015 I made a communication to Parliament concerning the Review of certain concessions contained in the Hawksbill Creek Grand Bahama

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A Bold New Agenda: The Next 25 Years

Ladies and Gentlemen, I wish to thank the organizers of this event for once again inviting me to bring these keynote remarks to open this

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Prime Minister Perry G. Christie on Launch Of E-Services

New Registrar General E-Services ‘Perfect Example’ of Public-Private Partnership Effectiveness By Eric Rose NASSAU, The Bahamas — Prime Minister Christie said he is a “firm believer”

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Remarks by Prime Minister Perry G. Christie, M.P. On Signing of The Heads Of Agreement Between The Government of The Bahamas And Mediterranean Shipping Company Limited (MSC)

Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen: Today gives rise to a major economic thrust in The Bahamas as we gather here to witness the signing of a

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Government’s Electricity Bills Aim to Reduce Cost of Energy

  The Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, led a discussion in the Senate today on the multiple electricity bills that

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AG Speech: Electricity Reform for a Stronger Bahamas

  Affordable, Accessible, Reliable, Sustainable. December 9, 2015 – Nassau, The Bahamas Madam President, In May 2015, from this very Chamber, I introduced our Government’s

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New Mobile Homes for Crooked Island and Long Island

By: Bahamas Information Services NASSAU, The Bahamas — NEMA and Social Services earmark four RV Mobile Homes for Crooked Island to assist persons whose homes were

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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

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Address by Prime Minister Christie on Baha Mar Negotiations and Proceedings

My Fellow Bahamians,   It is appropriate for me to address the nation this evening to provide an update on the state of affairs surrounding

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Government Investing In Infrastructure Development

Government Investing in Public Private Partnerships to Stimulate Infrastructure Development Government committed to developing public infrastructure across The Bahamas June 25, 2015 – Nassau, The

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2015 Budget Launches Stronger Bahamas Initiative

A national dialogue to help shape National Development Plan May 27, 2015 – Nassau, The Bahamas – Today, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the

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Highlights: Budget 2015

  May 27, 2015 – Nassau, The Bahamas – Today, the Right Honourable Prime Minister Perry G. Christie tabled Budget 2015, the Government’s plan for building

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Speech: Budget 2015 for a Stronger Bahamas

2015/2016 Budget Communications May 27, 2015 – Nassau, The Bahamas Mr. Speaker, this Budget is faithful to the reform plan for a stronger Bahamas that

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Backgrounder: Prosperous Bahamas

May 27, 2015 – Nassau, The Bahamas – Today, during his Budget 2015 address to the House of Assembly, Prime Minister Perry G. Christie launched

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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

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