#Bahamas, May 11, 2018 – Nassau -At the official launch of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit (PMDU) on Tuesday at the Office of the Prime Minister, Viana Gardiner, Chief Operating Officer of the PMDU, remarked that performance management by the unit will be guided by empirical data.
It is the objective of the Prime Minister and his government to spur growth for the Bahamian people in each area of their lives and for the country, she said. A means of achieving the goal is by “making objective and beneficial decisions off empirical data. Data will feed this growth. The Government accepted and agreed to the recommendations of the Economic Development and Planning Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister to pursue a target-specific, results-oriented, performance management methodology in the public sector.”
On hand for the historic occasion were Cabinet Ministers, other government officials, representatives from Canada which utilises a similar concept, and representatives of the Inter-American Development Bank, which created the loan facility. At the heart of the model being established in The Bahamas is data collection and analysis. Provisions have been made under the loan facility to develop a state of the art Information and communications technology system to underpin the work of the PMDU.
The approach has been successfully adopted by governments across continents — including in Latin America and Caribbean countries where the Inter-American Development Bank has had an active role. Such units also exist in Canada, Pakistan, Brunei, Peru, and in the Western Cape province of South Africa and have facilitated the ease of doing business, the delivery of quality water to residents, reduction in crime, better quality of health care and education, among other things.
The Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in The Bahamas has a key role to play in advancing reforms in top priorities. It will also serve as a facilitator, providing ongoing support and challenge to ministries and agencies as they keep constant focus on delivery. The unit will have a central role in coordinating across sectors to ensure challenges are identified and addressed in a timely and rigorous way.
The Prime Minister has identified six Key Priorities to be the initial focus of the work of the PMDU. These include: focus on the Over-the-Hill Rejuvenation Project; Land Reform; Energy Reform and Infrastructure; Ease of Doing Business; Education; and Safety and Security.
- Land Reform encompasses providing affordable housing land for citizens; executing a national land audit as a first step to a Land Registry in The Bahamas, land ownership in the Family Islands, and providing effective, timely processing of land applications by the Government.
- Energy Reform comprises creating a renewable energy economy, in particular solar energy. Infrastructure efforts will involve executing a Road Maintenance Management System, and Traffic Management System, to provide citizens with high quality road and traffic services.
- In the area of Ease of Doing Business teams will focus on improving The Bahamas’ global ranking, and thereby affecting each of the categories of services on the Index. The Government will also streamline the taxation processes.
- The Education Key Priority addresses student outcomes and fostering a digital revolution. Education targets endeavour to increase the percentage of children ages 3 and 4, accessing Preschool Education in The Bahamas from 30 percent to 75 percent by 2022, and to upgrade 100 percent of public schools with fibre optic internet connections, aimed to provide greater access to quality education.
- The Safety & Security Key Priority explores crime reduction, and ensuring that the public feels safe. Its targets intend to provide effective rehabilitation, correctional and educational services, to reduce the recidivism rate of offenders, to strengthen the Justice System, and to establish Youth Community Centres staffed with qualified personnel.
The Prime Minister said: “I am personally committed to the success of each of the Key Priorities and I will be engaged in the implementation process. With deliverology as its guide, the PMDU will intricately monitor the progress made towards the stipulated targets of each Key Priority.”
By: Lindsay Thompson (BIS)
Header: Chief Operating Officer of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit (PMDU), Viana Gardiner described the role and function of the unit at the PMDU launch on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the Office of the Prime Minister. Mrs. Gardiner is pictured with Prime Minister Minnis at the launch, and addressing the press.
(BIS Photos/Yontalay Bowe)
Students display culinary skill and creativity in Bahamas Young Chef Competition
#TheBahamas, October 19, 2021 – – Despite setbacks and limitations due to COVID-19, Lamont Missick, H.O. Nash; Gerardo Annacius, Anatol Rodgers and Brianna Butterfield of Kingsway Academy, overcame the odds and finished first, second and third respectively in the second phase of the recent 29th Annual Bahamas Young Chef New Providence District Culinary Competitions.
With hybrid lessons and just two weeks of in-person classes supervised by teachers, the three students, who are enrolled in Family and Consumer Science Education, stepped up to the plate and earned the right to enter the upcoming third phase (National Round) of the annual contest.
Now into its 29th year, the annual district competition, sponsored by the Ministry of Education along with Robin Hood Flour and Mahatma Rice, was held at Anatol Rodgers Senior High School, October 7 and 8. Under the watchful eyes of judges who are all professional chefs — Clement Williams, Jimmy Dean, Chief Judge Gerald Rolle, Hazel Rolle, and Celeste Smith — the students were required to use Mahatma Rice and Robin Hood Flour to prepare a dish and dessert based on the theme “Bahamian Culinary Resilience: Going Back to Our Roots.”
Following the grueling round in the kitchen and interviews by the judges, Raquel Turnquest, Education Officer congratulated the students and parents, and offered advice to the teachers.
“We appreciate all of the time and effort that you put into your children. This competition is a true partnership between home, school and industry. The chefs are willing to give their input and give them [the students] the benefit of their experience.
“We have three young persons who are very much into what they are learning in school. They are putting their best foot forward. All of them are automatically in the national round,” said Ms. Turnquest.
“COVID-19 is forcing us to use technology in new and creative ways. You are now able to bring industry professionals into your classroom almost on a regular basis who don’t have to leave where they are to get into your classroom to give the students the benefit of their knowledge.”
She urged the students to use the judges’ critiques to refine and elevate their dishes.
“You saw the experience of working in the kitchen with persons viewing and walking through while you are working. That is something valuable. Take advantage of it and we’ll see you again for the National round. Congratulations to all of you today.”
Lamont Missick, 14,
Flour dish: Pineapple upside down muffin
Rice Dish: Land and Sea Rice
Lamont said he used the opportunity to sharpen his culinary skills.
“I realized my love for culinary arts from the age of 8. I remember watching Ratatouille, and hearing that “anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great. I aim to be great and one day become and executive chef in my own restaurant,” said the ninth grader.
Flour dish: Sugar apple almond muffins
Rice dish: Spinach Carrot Rice Cup with grouper pineapple sauce
“I love to cook and I wanted to boost my cooking skills,” said Brianna.
Gerardo Annacius dubbed his dishes ‘Fall ‘n’ Love’.
Flour dish: Toasted bennie spiced cream puff with native pumpkin and coconut crème filling topped with ginger caramel
All of the judges commended the students on their dishes and encouraged them to continue to work hard.
Lamont was praised for his organized and sanitized kitchen-station. Also noted was his flavorful ‘spot on’ rice dish from which exuded flavors of conch, lobster, salt beef and coconut milk.
Chef Williams encouraged him to improve his presentation and move away from serving rice the old fashioned way of “cupping” in a bowl.
The judges were impressed with Annacius’ theme: “Fall ‘n’ Love’ and gave him pointers on how to improve his dish and dessert.
“You experienced a slight setback in the kitchen and your dessert dish did not come out as expected — but you did not stop, you made an effort to present something. Your dessert was flavorful; it did not rise like it should but you executed based on what you had,” said Chef Smith.
By Kathryn Campbell
Nine Grand Bahama residents have had their minor criminal records expunged
#TheBahamas, October 19, 2021 – The Davis Administration is fully committed to ensuring that young Bahamians get second chances where possible, by expunging minor offence records, where necessary, according to Minister for Grand Bahama, Hon. Ginger Moxey.
“One of our mandates in our ten-point plan in the ‘blueprint for change’ is compassionate social relief and the expungement of records for offences that are due, based on the violations of the Emergency Orders. So, we are going to continue to ensure that those records are expunged,” said Minister Moxey.
“For Grand Bahama Island, this ministry is responsible for the promotion of employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for the island. So, this is an ideal time for those who have not been able to find jobs, based on these criminal records, to be able to re-enter the job market.”
During a press conference in the Office of the Prime Minister on Thursday, October 14, 2021, Northern Bahamas representative for the Rehabilitation of Offenders Committee, Mr. Dudley Seide, paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Grand Bahama, during which time he announced that nine people from the island of Grand Bahama have had their minor criminal records expunged through the efforts of the Committee.
Minister Moxey called it a great day for Grand Bahama and for Grand Bahamians. She noted that overall, many people in Grand Bahama are hurting financially, adding that those people with minor criminal offences were held back from supporting themselves and their families because of their inability to gain employment because of their criminal records.
“On behalf of the government, we are excited that this day has come and to also let the community know that we are committed to this effort,” added Minister Moxey. “We want to also appeal to those people who may have received criminal records during the Emergency Orders to come forward and apply and begin the process to have their records expunged.”
Mr. Dudley Seide of Reach Out Organization and a member of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Committee said that nine Grand Bahamians who had applied to the committee to have their records expunged have had their applications approved.
“The mandate of our new Minister for Grand Bahama is to help young people who have been arrested on minor offences and who were arrested or charged during the Emergency Orders,” said Mr. Seide.
“This is a golden opportunity for these people to get their lives restarted. These people can now go on and live their lives. These offences prevented these people from getting jobs, obtaining a U.S. Visa, travelling – but now they can begin to do all of these things. What was hurtful was to see so many people who were arrested during the Emergency Orders, who paid the fines, but who had no idea that these offences were still on their records.
“I want to thank the Minister for National Security for giving young people an opportunity to restart their lives.”
Minister Moxey thanked the members of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Committee for their tireless work in helping people “get their lives back.”
By Andrew Coakley
Photo Caption: PART OF SECOND CHANCE – Minister for Grand Bahama, Hon. Ginger Moxey (second from right) was on hand when Mr. Dudley Seide, member of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Committee (left) presented Brian Bullard Jr. (second from left) with an official declaration of the expungement of his record, during a press conference in the Office of the Prime Minister (GB) on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Bullard was one of nine Grand Bahamians who’ve had their records expunged through the efforts of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Committee.
(BIS photo by Lisa Davis)
Statement From Hon. Fred Mitchell, MP Minister of Foreign Affairs On the Passing of Colin Powell
#TheBahamas, October 18, 2021 – I learned this morning of the death of Colin Powell, the American general and diplomat. I worked with him as Foreign Minister in my first term, particularly on issues related to Haiti.
Yesterday in the CARICOM meeting, I recalled while discussing Haiti his role in the crisis of that time. I recall his life, times and work as generally thoughtful and considered. He was also an example of Caribbean success in America, one to emulate. He was the son of Jamaican parents. He was an example of success as a Black man in America. I am saddened by his passing.
On behalf of the Prime Minister the Hon. Philip Davis, the government and people of The Bahamas, and in my own behalf, I extend condolences to the United States of America and his family.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Commonwealth of The Bahamas
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