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Bahamas Economic Recovery Committee revealed over the weekend

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Dr. Hubert Minnis, Bahamas Prime Minister during House of Assembly, Monday April 27. BIS PHOTO

#TheBahamas – April 29, 2020 –The Cabinet Office today announced that Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis has appointed an Economic Recovery Committee.

The public-private Committee will make recommendations to the Cabinet on the long-term economic recovery of The Bahamas economy, including job-creation and stimulating small business recovery and development in response to COVID-19.

John Rolle, Governor, Central Bank of The Bahamas

The Committee will focus on restoring the macroeconomy; restarting a competitive business environment; economic diversification; tourism and transport; financial services and labour.

The Co-Chairs of the Committee are Acting Financial Secretary Mr. Marlon Johnson and businessman Mr. Ken Kerr, CEO, Providence Advisors.

The Committee is representative of a diversity of public and private sector entities.

In addition to the Co-Chairs, members of the Committee include:

Mr. John Rolle, Governor, Central Bank of The Bahamas

Mrs. Wendy Craigg, former Central Bank Governor; Advisor, Ministry of Finance

Wendy Craigg, former Central Bank Governor/Advisor to Bahamas Ministry of Finance

Ms. Christina Rolle, Executive Director, Securities Commission of The Bahamas

Mrs. Davinia Blair-Grant, Executive Director, Small Business Development Centre

Mr. John Delaney, Q.C., Senior Partner, Delaney Partners

Mrs. Khrystle Rutherford-Ferguson, Chair, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Federation

Mr. Greg Laroda, Chair, Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce

Mrs. Suzanne Pattusch, Executive Vice-president, Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association

Suzanne Pattusch, Executive VP, Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association

Ms. Tanya McCartney, Executive Director, Bahamas Financial Services Board

Mr. Nat Beneby, former Managing Director, RBC Royal Bank

Mr. Patrick Ward, President/CEO, Bahamas First General Insurance Co.

Mr. Edison Sumner, Principal, Sumner Trading Partners

Mr. Franklyn Butler, CEO/President, Cable Bahamas Ltd.

Mr. Obie Ferguson, President, Bahamas Trade Union Congress

Mr. Matt Aubry, Executive Director, Organization for Responsible Governance

Edison Sumner, former President of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation

 “The Committee should be bold and creative in its recommendations,” said Prime Minister Minnis. “We are in a new era.  We need to think and act in new ways in order to recover as quickly as possible and to build a more dynamic and diverse economy.  We have to enhance the use of digital technologies and delivery services.”

The Prime Minister said that just as The Bahamas is seeing the local production of hand sanitizer, masks and other health care products, the Government will promote more domestic production, and manufacturing where possible.  This includes greater food production.

Matt Aubry, Organisation for Responsible Government, ORG

“I look forward to the ideas, policies and programs the Committee will recommend to help The Bahamas to recover and to create jobs and more entrepreneurial opportunities, including for young Bahamians.” Prime Minister Minnis noted.

The Prime Minister thanked the Committee members for agreeing to serve and to help provide a way forward for the country in response to the many challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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26 April 2020

Cabinet Office

Commonwealth of The Bahamas

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UB Statement: Portia M. Smith Building Under Assessment

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#The Bahamas, January 27, 2023 – In response to concerns expressed, University of The Bahamas released a notification on Thursday 26th January 2023 that effective immediately the Portia M. Smith Building at the Oakes Field Campus is closed until further notice as a precautionary measure.

Immediate steps have been taken to engage the Ministry of Environmental Health to conduct a thorough assessment of the building. In the interim, personnel assigned to Portia M. Smith have been instructed to work remotely to maintain the continuity of operations. A further communication will be issued once the assessment has been completed as we continue to provide timely updates.

Please be assured that the health, safety, and welfare of members of the University community and the general public are paramount and we are working with urgency to address this matter.

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Statement From The Ministry  of Foreign Affairs – On Order  For All Bahamians  To Leave Haiti

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#TheBahamas, January 26, 2023 – The Prime Minister  has ordered an immediate involuntary  departure from Haiti  of all diplomatic  personnel or as soon as security conditions  permit.Up to this time, there was a voluntary departure order in place and all staff at the embassy  chose to stay.  Per the new instructions, they are to leave for home as soon as conditions  permit.  This is only a temporary  measure in light of recent developments  which require a corporate  security and intelligence  assessment  and restaging.This morning  the Chargè  reported that they had been stopped by Haitian police and relieved of their vehicle and weapons. This is part of a protest by the Haitian National Police against  their own authorities.All of our diplomats are personally  safe.There also is a report  of 5 Bahamians from Bahamasair who landed at Port Au Prince Airport who were unable to leave the environs of the airport.  They are all safe and well.  The security situation  appears less stable over the past three days in the country, and we are taking steps out of an abundance  of caution.The pattern of security concerns is one of ebb and flow and these withdrawals are sometimes  necessary  to regroup.  The Security Forces  in our country have been alerted to these developments.  As soon as conditions  permit a team will be sent back into Haiti without further announcement.PLQ
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Bahamas takes in 396 Haitian migrants; shocking interception

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By Sherrica Thompson

Staff Writer

 

 

 

#TheBahamas, January 25, 2023 – In what is being described by Bahamian officials as one of the largest human smuggling incidents in the region, 394 Haitian migrants were intercepted by the United States Coast Guard near Cay Sal Island on Saturday, January 21.

According to immigration officials in The Bahamas, the migrants will be processed on the island of Inagua and later repatriated.

US Coast Guard spokeswoman Nicole Groll described the condition of the intercepted boat to the Associated Press on Monday. She said, “it was grossly overloaded and very much unsafe.”

The officials did not provide any further information on the matter.

The recent apprehension brings the total number of Haitian migrants intercepted in Bahamian waters since the start of the year to just over five hundred (500) persons.

Due to the worsening humanitarian, a surge in gang violence and deepening political instability in Haiti, thousands of Haitians are fleeing their country in search of a better life for themselves and family.

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