Bahamas, 15 Jul 2015 – A Bahamian aviation law expert who has been invited to address an international conference said today The Bahamas is moving in the right direction toward the launch of an international aircraft registry at a time when the industry is experiencing explosive growth and new ICAO regulations are likely to add impetus to the business of private jets.
“The aviation industry, particularly the business jet division, is experiencing unparalleled growth. Each new aircraft that rolls off the assembly line has to be registered somewhere and The Bahamas, which is working toward establishing a registry, is an ideal jurisdiction,” explained Callenders law firm partner Llewellyn Boyer-Cartwright. “Right now, there are more than 12,000 registered jets in the U.S. alone and other jurisdictions are doing unprecedented business. While we do not yet have the legal framework in place as do competitive jurisdictions, I feel that we are taking deliberate steps in the right direction.”
It was just over three years ago that Boyer-Cartwright along with the Bahamas Financial Services Board met with government officials in an effort to revive interest in establishing an international registry. Such a registry was first proposed by the BFSB more than a decade before. Now Boyer-Cartwright is concerned that this country’s window of opportunity is closing.
Other jurisdictions are reaping the benefits, said the leading proponent of an international registry that would do for aircraft what the Bahamas Maritime Authority and Ship Registry do for vessels.
“Ireland, which was the original aircraft registry, just announced it has launched a separate register dedicated to business jets (prefix EJ). The Irish Aviation Authority is a top notch regulator and is a world leader in aircraft registration,” said the former commercial pilot who has been practicing law for more than 20 years. The benefits of Ireland and its EJ Registry are many, Cartwright believes, including high standards of regulatory oversight, lower insurance premiums, a well-established law base, finance and taxation expertise and Cape Town Convention compliance that provides asset security for financiers.
“Isle of Man, which is the fastest growing aircraft registry in the world, just registered its 796th aircraft, according to its Director of Civil Aviation Simon Williams who made the announcement last month. At that same conference on June 25, he reported that Isle of Man registered five aircraft in one hour a few weeks earlier.”
Boyer-Cartwright also cited an article he received today, July 14, written by a colleague, former Isle of Man Civil Aviation Director (Acting) Brian Johnson, who noted that new ICAO (aircraft regulatory body) and European regulations for the first time separate private jets from general aviation and as of August will impose even higher standards on third country registries – something, he said, that would provide an additional layer of security and comfort for owners and financiers.
A Bahamian international aircraft registry would be part of a booming aviation sector that is reported to support 4.6 million jobs and generates $107 billion in revenue across Latin America and the Caribbean.
Boyer-Cartwright has been invited to speak at the 5th Annual Offshore Aircraft Aeropodium Conference in Grand Cayman in October. In December 2013, he was invited to address a major conference in Aruba and in April 2014, he was a special guest speaker at the Caribbean Aviation Symposium in Panama.
“I’d like to be able to update the conference on movement in The Bahamas – the creation of an independent Civil Aviation Authority, the status of the new radar installation, negotiations with the FAA over air space,” he said.
“These are exciting times and the business is knocking at our doors. A registry could open up so many new economic avenues in financing, leasing, insurance, maintenance, repairs, providing opportunities not just for employment but for entrepreneurship. And the beauty of a registry is that it does not threaten or consume natural resources. It is all good and the aviation world is waiting for us to take our rightful place on the field. My goal is to see The Bahamas secure a foothold in this industry. I believe that this country can be as competent and competitive as the rest of the major players.”
Government Considers Vaccine Requirement for New Admissions to Infirmaries
#Jamaica, December 7, 2021 – Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the Government is considering a vaccine requirement for new entrants to the island’s infirmaries, once admissions resume.
“What we are looking to do is that once we start to readmit persons to the infirmaries, one of the conditions that will be laid out is that new cases coming into the infirmaries must be fully vaccinated before they are admitted,” he said in an interview with JIS News.
“We have to do that to safeguard the population in our infirmaries,” he pointed out.
He said that the Ministry is also looking at allowing visits to facilities by fully vaccinated family members during the Christmas season.
“Last year, we partnered with Digicel and we used technology as a means of allowing loved ones to communicate with their relatives inside of the infirmaries. This year, we are looking to see if we can do it on a limited, face-to-face basis, once we have agreed… where people, who would want to visit their relatives in the infirmaries… must be fully vaccinated,” he said.
“I also want to stress that they must come with a negative COVID test that is [taken within] 72 hours, and we will limit visits based on appointments,” he pointed out.
“So, you would make your appointments, you would come at the time given and we will be creating areas such as the therapeutic park [being built at the Trelawny Infirmary], as a means of allowing loved ones [to visit] during the festive season once we have worked out the protocols. That is the approach we will be taking,” the Minister outlined.
Mr. McKenzie said the Government will always be sympathetic to the plight of the poor, noting that those with loved ones inside the infirmaries can be assured that they are being cared for by a committed and dedicated team of professionals.
He said that while 70 per cent of the island’s infirmary staff has already been vaccinated, every effort is being made to get the remaining 30 per cent on board, noting that taking the vaccine has proven to be the most effective way to keep the COVID-19 pandemic under control.
Contact: Garwin Davis
Minister Bartlett Elected Chair of Inter-American Committee on Tourism
#UnitedStatesofAmerica, December 7, 2021 – Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has been elected by acclamation as the new Chairman of the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Committee on Tourism (CITUR).
Minister Bartlett came out ahead of the candidates from Paraguay and Ecuador for the chairmanship at a meeting on Tuesday (November 30). Both countries will now serve as Vice Chair of the CITUR.
“I wish you… much success in the work that you will be leading as we begin deliberations to prepare the draft work plan based on the Declaration of Paraguay towards the reconstruction and rebuilding of tourism post coronavirus (COVID-19),” she said.
Minister Bartlett, in his response, called on all member states to work together to complete the plans and policy programmes that they had started. This, he said, “would require a greater sense of innovation, as we cannot continue with things as they are”.
“We must now seek to find new ways to deal with new disruptions that seem destined to follow this pandemic,” he added.
Minister Bartlett thanked member states for the confidence placed in him by way of his election to the chair of the committee. He pledged to be a strong, fruitful, and vibrant chairman and called for the support of each member state.
“We have so much to do, and I know the Americas are depending on us to chart the way to recovery and to thrive after recovery,” he said.
Contact: Derrick Scott
Facts laid out in Beach Vending Bill Debate by Tourism Minister Connolly
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, December 7, 2021 – Tourism Minister Josephine Connolly says the policy that birthed the controversial Beach and Coastal Vending bill was conceived under the PDM administration.
Connolly was speaking in the House of Assembly on November 30 when she made the claims. She said the policy had been around since 2020 and had been in circulation among tourism stakeholders and publicly via the DECR up to June this year.
“The bill was circulated in 2020 up to three times. In June of this year the policy was again circulated. And the DECR held meetings to discuss the policy and some of the changes.”
Connolly claimed that the policy which had been drafted by the previous administration and had then been intentionally ignored by them.
“…Mr Speaker, I met on my desk a draft policy on beach vending prepared by the previous government. It had sat there gathering dust, not because it was not needed but because the previous government did not want to deal with it,” the Minister said after laying the Bill for its second reading.
Connolly insisted however that she was up to the task of seeing the bill through.
“They let it slide; leave it for the next guy, but I am the next guy and I am not shy.”
She went on to reference a specific issue affecting vendors. She said currently, vendors only needed a business license to operate on the beach. This resulted in vendors tying up several booths and denying other vendors a chance.
She claimed the bill would fix this as each vendor would only be allowed one license to operate on the beach, thus increasing fairness.
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