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Census Day Officially Launched, Workers Sworn In

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By: Betty Vedrine

Bahamas Information Services

 

#TheBahamas, April 5, 2022 – The Bahamas National Statistical Institute (BNSI) has officially kick started the country’s population census exercise with a swearing-in ceremony of 1600 workers.  It was held at the Thomas. A. Robinson National Stadium on University Drive on Monday, 4th April.  A ceremony was also held simultaneously on Grand Bahama.  Acting Managing Director, BNSI, Nerissa Gibson served as Moderator.  Delivering the keynote address was Minister of Economic Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Halkitis.

He thanked the workers and said that the population and housing census is one of the most important tools that government, policy makers and other stakeholders use in order to make decisions.

“This is an absolute necessity for policy making for various stakeholders including the  government,  civic organizations, planners and insurance companies because it tracks pertinent data such as age distribution, household composition, elderly data, locational shifts and other important data,” he said. He also explained that this information is especially important given the shifts in population on the heels of Hurricane Dorian, which caused a significant move of residents from Abaco and Grand Bahama to other islands, namely New Providence.

“We know that in 2010, Grand Bahama accounted for approximately 15% of the country’s population, but what is it now a decade later? The data collected is also essential for insurance companies, which use it to adjust mortality tables and for civic organizations that use it to determine where to focus charitable undertakings.”

Chairperson of BNSI, Gabrielle Fraser welcomed the workers and said that despite challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, they were, still, able to manage to put a team together to conduct the census.

“After facing many challenges, Census Day (April 4) is here. With the commitment and hard work of our dedicated team, we were able to gather a team of professionals from throughout The Bahamas,” said Ms. Fraser. “So we are, indeed, grateful to be able to execute this critical exercise and we look forward to a meaningful and productive exercise.”

Chief Census Officer, Kim Saunders delivered the ‘charge’ and advised workers that the data collected should be guarded with the strictest of confidence and that workers must always maintain the highest level of of professionalism as the nature of the exercise was a very sensitive one.

President of The Justice of the Peace Association, Philip Archer, Esq., JP,  conducted the swearing in portion with the administration of the Oath of Secrecy.

The country’s census officially starts on Tuesday, 5th April, 2022 and will be completely digital via face to face platforms and also by phone interviews.

 

 

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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Regional Soldiers head to Jamaica to train for pending Haiti mission

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Rashaed Esson

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#Haiti#KenyaMultinationalForce#CARICOM, February 22nd, 2024 – About 150 Bahamian soldiers are heading to Jamaica within the next one or two weeks for a joint training with Jamaican soldiers, in preparation for the pending Kenya led multinational force mission to Haiti according to Bahamian Defense Chief Commodore, Raymond King, in reports. Soldiers and security forces from Chile and Argentina will also travel to Jamaica for the training.

King informs that Kenya and Haiti are in the process of signing off on an agreement to allow Kenya to lead the force into Haiti, following advice from Kenya’s High Court which recently deemed Kenya’s decision to deploy police officers to the gang run nation as unconstitutional. This agreement includes a formal request for assistance from Haiti, allowing Kenya to legally intervene on the ground.

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Major plans for The Bahamas announced Davis

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Development,February 22nd, 2024 – “Things are changing in The Bahamas,” were the words of Prime Minister Philip Davis as he outlined some of the Government’s plans to improve the nation through a decrease in the cost of living, enhanced security for Bahamians and the expansion of access to opportunities. Davis, who was presenting on February 21st, the Bahamas Mid-Year Review of the fiscal performance for the fiscal year 2023/2024, highlighted a long list of plans for the archipelago.

Here’s the full list stated in Davis’ address :

  • A new energy policy and an expansion of renewable energy, including microgrids, and an emphasis on engaging local Bahamian firms and building local professional capacity; 
  • An expansion of Bahamian ownership in our economy, including support for entrepreneurs, small and medium sized enterprises, and an expansion of affordable housing –with hundreds of families moving into new homes by this summer; 
  • A modern and award-winning specialized tourism product, with new investments across our archipelago, and major visibility and branding campaigns in New York, Florida, and the UK;
  • Progress on redeveloping downtown Nassau, long overdue;
  • New commitments to education, including a Parental Engagement Unit; more teacher training, modernizing the curriculum, classroom enhancements, improving school attendance, and using the Renaissance testing results to design individualized support for students; 
  • An expansion of technical and vocational training, including certification at the high school level;
  • An Empower Grand Bahama micro-grant programme for entrepreneurs; $1.5 billion in investments for Grand Bahama in the pipeline; the Beautiful Grand Bahama programme, in which collaboration has led to safer communities; and Collab Grand Bahama, which fosters partnerships between the government and the private sector to bring change and progress to Grand Bahama;
  • Major upgrades to our health infrastructure;
  • More support for our athletes and sports programmes;
  • We’re on track to pave 65 miles of road in New Providence alone this year;
  • Investments in NIB to improve fairness and efficiency;
  • A National School Breakfast pilot programme, which is already giving thousands of our children breakfast in their primary schools, and is ready to expand;
  • New classes, camps, lessons, and programmes at our Urban Renewal Centres;
  • A Youth Guard to strengthen our capacity during national emergencies, and give more young Bahamians a path forward;
  • A Task Force addressing unregulated shantytowns in New Providence and Abaco, with other islands to follow;
  • The selection and training of new immigration officers;
  • Saturation patrols and new investments and collaboration in crime prevention; 
  • A juvenile detention facility;
  • A cadre of officers trained to recognize and manage psychiatric issues;
  • Stronger partnerships and new patrol vessels to secure our nation’s borders; 
  • Major new investments across our Family Islands, including new airports, and road paving in Andros, Bimini, Cat Island, Abaco, Long Island; Great Harbour Cay, and Crooked Island;
  • The development of our nation’s blue carbon credits strategy; and
  • A major investment in agriculture and national food security.

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