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Annual Budget Exercise, a hallmark of our democracy Says Bannister - Jun 24, 2021 - 1:35:04 PM

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Works the Hon. Desmond Bannister supported the budget for 2021/2022 fiscal year during his contribution.

The Deputy Prime Minister Bannister said “we have presented a budget that faces the stern reality of an international recession and pandemic.”

This is the budget that the government firmly believes will accelerate the recovery of the economy, he said...

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Farewell Call by German Ambassador on Minister Henfield - Jun 24, 2021 - 1:00:06 PM

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Hon. Darren A. Henfield, MP, in a virtual farewell call on 23rd June, 2021, received His Excellency Dr Bernd von Münchow-Pohl, whose tour of duty as Ambassador of Germany to The Bahamas is coming to an end.  His appointment began 21st January, 2019, when he presented his Letters of Credence to the Governor-General...

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Plans to Place ‘More Care Into the Word, Healthcare’ - Jun 24, 2021 - 11:39:10 AM

Recovery is precisely what this budget is all about, it is the economic elixir for what ails the nation, we will recover,” said the Hon. Renward Wills, Minister of Health during his contribution to the 2021/2022 budget debate.
The road to recovery is not an easy one. Minister Wells said, however, with the Seven-Pillared Accelerate Bahamas Recovery plan, we chart our steps to rapidly return to a sense of normalcy.

The Ministry of Health looks to participate in the rollout of that plan.  Health care and vaccinations form the third pillar...

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Official donation handover of medical supplies from the United States Northern Command to the Ministry of Health - Jun 24, 2021 - 10:25:45 AM

The Ministry of Health participated today in an official handover of donated medical supplies from the United States Northern Command in the Conference Room of the Ministry of Health. 

In attendance were the Minister of Health, the Honourable Renward Wells, Acting Permanent Secretary Siobhan Deane, Acting Director of Nursing, Gina Dean, Hospital Administrator, Mary Walker and other Ministry of Health officials...

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Signs of hope…progress, said Prime Minister Minnis - Jun 24, 2021 - 9:20:05 AM

There are many signs of hope, many signs of progress. This budget is a sign of progress,” said Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis in his closing remarks to the 2021/2022 budget debate.

We are providing concessions and incentives for Bahamians to thrive in areas such as small business development, fisheries, agriculture, tourism and the digital economy.

The Prime Minister announced that Carnival and Royal Caribbean have agreed to a new combined investment...

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Government putting down the building blocks for sustainable growth - Jun 23, 2021 - 8:51:14 PM

Minister of State for the Ministry of Finance and for Grand Bahama, Sen. the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson explained that the economy is beginning to show signs of recovery.

“People are feeling more hopeful about the future! There is a reason to be hopeful!  We are moving from recovery mode to putting down the building blocks for sustainable growth,” Senator Thompson said during his Contribution to the 2021/22 Budget Debate in the Senate, Tuesday, June 22, 2021...

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Ministry of Tourism - Travel Health Visa - Jun 23, 2021 - 4:34:22 PM

The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation notes the many false and erroneous allegations made in the public domain concerning the commencement and operation of the Travel Health Visa.

Here are the facts.

In order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, the Ministry of Health recommended that all persons...

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Ministry of Health, assisted by United States in deploying second set of COVID-19 Vaccines to Family Islands - Jun 23, 2021 - 2:10:34 PM

In keeping with its goal to ensure all Bahamians are vaccinated, The Ministry of Health with the support of the United States government transported a second tranche of COVID-19 vaccine to the Family Islands.

The vaccines were transported by the Rhode Island National Guard (RING) (which has the mandate to fight American wars, secure the homeland and build enduring partnerships around the globe)...

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Senator J. Kwasi Thompson - Opening Statement - FY 2021/22 Senate Budget Debate - Jun 23, 2021 - 9:30:28 AM

See enclosed Opening Statement for the Fiscal Year 2021/22 Senate Budget Debate by Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Finance, and Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, June 22, 2021:

Madam President...

Just a few weeks ago Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Dr. Hubert Alexander Minnis tabled in the Lower House two of the most important documents...

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Prime Minister Minnis announces major $350 million investment in Grand Bahama Shipyard, and new projects for Nassau and Family Islands - Jun 22, 2021 - 8:23:42 PM

Royal Caribbean and Carnival cruise lines have agreed to a new combined investment of $350 million in the Grand Bahama Shipyard, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis announced today in his wrap-up of the 2021/22 Budget Debate in the House of Assembly.

The Prime Minister pointed out that to understand the scale of this investment, the original investment and other investments to date in the Shipyard have totaled approximately $250 million dollars...

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Government Launches Initiative to Address Workforce Skills Gap - Jun 22, 2021 - 2:34:40 PM

The Government has embarked on a major initiative aimed at zeroing in on deficiencies in specialized skills in the country’s workforce. On Monday, 21st June, the Ministry of Labour in conjunction with the National Training Agency (NTA), the Department of Labour and the National Tripartite Council, formally announced the launch of the National Workforce Skills Gap Survey 2021 during a press conference held at the NTA on Gladstone Road.  

Executive Manager at the Ministry of Labour, Robert Farquharson said that in 2012, a similar survey was conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Government of The Bahamas...

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Changes announced to curfew, domestic travel testing requirements and provisions for fully vaccinated - Jun 21, 2021 - 6:40:29 PM

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis today announced several changes to the Emergency Powers Order, including adjustments to curfews, testing requirements for domestic travel, travel health visa fees, wedding receptions, funeral services and provisions for fully vaccinated individuals.

Prime Minister Minnis said that progress achieved on the management of the virus...

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Royal Caribbean arrives to warm welcome in Grand Bahama - Jun 21, 2021 - 5:50:10 PM

With lively Junkanoo performances and celebrations, government officials and key business leaders welcomed Royal Caribbean International with open arms on Friday, June 18 as Adventure of the Seas completed its inaugural homeporting ceremony in Grand Bahama Island, with 1,000 eager passengers.

Following a 16-month hiatus due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions, the return of cruising to Grand Bahama Island marks a pivotal moment for the local community...


DRA prioritizes available resources for Abaco and Grand Bahama communities - Jun 21, 2021 - 2:17:30 PM

The DRA recognizes that the needs within the communities of Abaco and Grand Bahama are pressing, and we are methodically prioritizing the work and maximizing the available resources to ensure that the islands of Abaco including the Cays and Grand Bahama are fully reconstructed. DRA takes a moment to share current facts:

YES, COVID did impact the DRA’s ability to raise funds...

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Industry Forum event regarding opportunities under the proposed Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for The Bahamas Airports PPP Program - Jun 21, 2021 - 2:06:17 PM

The Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas invites interested parties to attend an Industry Forum concerning private operator/developer concessions and related opportunities in connection with The Bahamas Airports PPP Program.  

Airport operators, service providers, lenders, construction companies and facility managers are among those likely to be interested in attending a virtual industry..

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D’Aguilar excited about ‘Tourism rebound,’ praises Health Travel Visa Unit for their role - Jun 21, 2021 - 1:44:15 PM

Tourism is rebounding every day in The Bahamas with almost 300,000 visitors receiving Bahamas Travel Health Visas to enter the Commonwealth of The Bahamas over the first five months of the year, Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar said.

Mr. D’Aguilar said statistics show that the Family Islands are “bouncing back” even faster than New Providence.

“Everyone sees it!  The airports are getting busier!  The marinas up and down The Bahamas have never been busier...

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Work on Ragged Island Multi-Purpose Center progresses - Jun 21, 2021 - 12:21:33 PM

The second phase of construction of the Ragged Island Multi-purpose Center has begun. 

The Hon. Desmond Bannister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Works shared details of the center in his contribution to the House of Assembly June 16.
“This is the Prime Minister’s dream…the most resilient building in the country that should resist winds in excess of 180 miles per hour,” said Minister Bannister.

He said the building will be an example of what modern schools in the Family Islands will look like...

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Tourism Minister says Royal Caribbean’s homeporting initiative is major investment in GB’s economy - Jun 21, 2021 - 9:09:59 AM

After cruise tourism had stopped for many months, Friday marked the return of cruise passengers to Grand Bahama, said Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, during the Inaugural Ceremony marking Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas’ Bahamas Homeporting and Weekly Calls on the Port of Freeport, held June 18, 2021 at Freeport Harbour.

“It has been sixteen long and painful months, during which absolutely no cruise ships have sailed the waters of The Bahamas (because of the COVID-19 Pandemic)...

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RBDF Entry 22 marks Anniversary with courtesy call on the Governor General - Jun 18, 2021 - 3:26:54 PM

Royal Bahamas Defence Force Entry 22 paid a courtesy call upon Governor General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Cornelius A. Smith, on the occasion of their 33rd Anniversary on Monday, June 14th, 2021.  

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)...

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Contribution to the 2021-2022 Budget Debate - Hon. Renward R. Wells, Minister of Health - Jun 18, 2021 - 2:55:18 PM

See enclosed Budget Debate presentation by Minister of Health, the Hon. Renward Wells, June 16 & 17, 2021 in the House of Assembly:

Mr. Speaker,

I rise today in this House in the usual fashion, with thankfulness in my heart, praising HaShem, The Elohim of the Elohim, who has blessed us in the Heavenly place with all spiritual blessing.  He is the Lord of Life, the source of all hope, faith, and love.  May his name forever and forever be praised...

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