Prime Minister Minnis on the passing of Mrs. Zelma Dean
- Jan 18, 2021 - 7:42:12 PM
Along with so many other Bahamians, I was saddened to hear of the
passing of Mrs. Zelma Dean, a veteran educator, who was also deeply
committed to national and community service.
A former teacher,
school administrator and Director of Education, Zelma Dean had a deep
appreciation of the role of education in national development, including
the cultivation of responsible and engaged citizens.
She was among a generation of educators who touched the lives of thousands of students and who burned with a passion...
Golf to be introduced into schools
- Jan 18, 2021 - 5:30:00 PM
The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and the Ministry of Education
in conjunction and collaboration with Bahamas Golf Federation and
Fourteen Clubs Golf Academy recently placed golf on the curricula of
government and private schools on three levels as a means to open
another door for future generations. The announcement as made at a
press conference on Friday, January 15, 2021 at Courtyard Marriott. As a
result of this effort the four entities will hold the inaugural 2021
Bahamas Interschool Golf Championships the week of March 22 according to
golf coach Georgette Rolle of Fourteen Clubs Golf Academy. Director of
Sports Tim Munnings (centre right in group photo) and Director of
Education Marcellus Taylor (centre left in group photo)...
Canada-Bahamas Virtual Business Mission - Remarks by Minister of State Kwasi Thompson
- Jan 18, 2021 - 12:36:45 PM
See enclosed official remarks, Canada-Bahamas Virtual Business Mission (with The High Commission of Canada) delivered January 15, 2021 by the Minister of State for Finance and for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson:
I welcome the visiting
delegation for this Canada-Bahamas Virtual Business Mission. The Bahamas
and Canada have a longstanding tradition of cooperation and trade
The Governor General Attends MCCA Bahamas/Turks & Caicos Islands Conference Official Worship Service
- Jan 18, 2021 - 9:15:26 AM
Governor General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Cornelius A. Smith
delivered the Old Testament reading during 209th Annual Session Official
Worship Service of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the
Americas (MCCA) Bahamas/Turks and Caicos Islands Conference held at
Rhodes Memorial Methodist Church on Sunday morning, January 17, 2021.
(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)...
Over 450 participants join informational webinar on CESRA reporting
- Jan 17, 2021 - 8:44:37 PM
The Ministry of Finance hosted over 450 participants last
week in two informational webinars on the reporting process for the
Commercial Entities (Substance Requirements) Act 2018 (“CESRA”).
a strengthened effort to support businesses in meeting their reporting
obligations, the Ministry designed a three-part webinar series for
business stakeholders to learn more about the legislation, the reporting
process, and to address the various challenges businesses have been
Office of the Prime Minister: Vaccine Consultative Committee
- Jan 17, 2021 - 6:49:06 PM
Recently appointed by Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis,
the National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee was formed to
advise the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Health on the development
of the strategy, policies and activities related to the National
COVID-19 Vaccination Plan.
The Committee will also review and
guide the vaccine implementation schedules developed by the Ministry of
Health’s technical team, as part of the monthly reports required for
submission to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)...
Prime Minister Minnis: Government making steady progress in post-Dorian redevelopment and revitalization
- Jan 16, 2021 - 10:34:44 PM
Eleven million dollars has been spent and hundreds of homeowners
assisted so far under the Disaster Reconstruction Authority’s (DRA)
Small Home Repairs Program for Grand Bahama and Abaco residents impacted
by Hurricane Dorian, said Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the
Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis.
Prime Minister Minnis was speaking
on Friday 15 January at the Handover Ceremony of ‘Bahama House’ to
Blackwood resident Mrs. Esther Ann Cornish Laing. Mrs. Laing lost her
home in September 2019 during the Category 5 Hurricane Dorian...
Seventy-Nine Complete Correctional Officers’ Training
- Jan 16, 2021 - 5:43:51 PM
Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames told the members of
the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS) Trainee
Correctional Officers ‘A’ Squad 2020, on January 14, 2021, that he was
truly proud of their successful completion of the Correctional Officer
Training Programme in light of the current pandemic.
Correctional Officers, each of you certainly would have had your share
of trepidation regarding learning and training in a COVID-19
environment,” Minister Dames said, during the Graduation Ceremony and
Passing Out Parade, held at the Bahamas Department of Correctional
Services Compound, Fox Hill.
International Organization for Migration and Citibank donate electronic devices for children's education
- Jan 16, 2021 - 5:29:43 PM
The International Organization for Migration
(IOM/IMO) and Citibank, in conjunction with Leno Trust Bahamas, donated
104 devices (100 tablets and 4 laptops) on Friday, Jan 15, 2021 to the
Ministry of Education to assist in its goal of ‘placing a device in
every child’s hand.’ Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd thanked the
institutions for their donation and assistance in allowing the Ministry
to educate the children of the nation. Pictured from left: Margaret
Butler, COO, Citibank Bahamas; Jan-Willem Wegdam, IOM Chief of Mission;
Minister Lloyd; and Diane Bingham, Leno Trust Managing Director. (BIS
MoYSC Condolences - the late Jim Duncombe
- Jan 16, 2021 - 4:43:57 PM
On Sunday, 28th December, 2020, The Bahamas lost a sporting giant
and trailblaizer in the person of Jim Duncombe, affectionaley called –
The Swing Doctor.
Mr. Duncombe was a
gifted individual who epitomized the characteristics of someone with a
personal drive and determination to succeed. Prior to establishing
himself as one of the country’s elite golfers...
Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 'Social Media message to Bahamian parents of students in DC'
- Jan 16, 2021 - 7:15:17 AM
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken note of a message being
circulated on social media which appears to have originated from the
Embassy of The Bahamas in Washington, DC, with advice and
recommendations to parents of Bahamian students in the United States
capital as regards possible reactions to current political developments
in that jurisdiction...
The Judiciary Adapted and Responded to the Unpredictable Environment of the COVID-19 Era
- Jan 15, 2021 - 2:21:15 PM
The Hon. Chief Justice Sir Brian Moree stated that the Judiciary in
The Bahamas has not escaped the intrusive and disruptive impact of
Those who are responsible for the
administration of justice have had to adapt and respond to the dynamic
and unpredictable environment of the COVID-19 era as national
governments and public health officials have struggled to mitigate and
contain the transmission of the virus...
Lewis: Bahamas Resilient Recovery Policy to Provide Context and Guidelines for Recovery Planning
- Jan 15, 2021 - 9:14:03 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Government of The Bahamas is about to
implement its Resilient Recovery Policy aimed at timely rebuilding
process after a disaster, the Minister of State for the Ministry of
Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction the Hon. Iram Lewis
He was addressing the Opening Session of the
Canada-Bahamas Reconstruction and Climate Resiliency Virtual Trade
Mission -- a business forum held Thursday, January 14, 2020, aimed at
ways both countries can explore public private partnerships in
The Attorney General provides details of onsite review of The Bahamas by the FATF
- Jan 15, 2021 - 8:02:07 AM
Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Senator the Hon. Carl
W. Bethel explained that early in 2020, the Financial Action Task Force
(FATF) agreed to an onsite review of The Bahamas’ Money
Laundering/Combatting the Financing of Terrorism/Countering Financing of
Proliferation Regimes to verify the progress to address the Action
Items agreed in September 2018 with the FATF International Cooperation
Review Group of the Americas (ICRG).
This move was a result of
The Bahamas being put on the FATF’s Grey List of countries with
strategic deficiencies in June 2017 due to the adverse Mutual Evaluation...
Remarks by the Hon. Chief Justice Sir Brian Moree at the Opening of the Legal Year 2021
- Jan 14, 2021 - 10:28:47 PM
See enclosed remarks by the Hon. Chief Justice Sir Brian Moree at ceremonies marking the Opening of the Legal Year, January 13, 2021 in Rawson Square:
My Lords, My Ladies, other Judicial Officers, Mr. Attorney, President
of the Bahamas Bar Association and members of Bar Council, Counsel and
Attorneys, guests, and others who are viewing these proceedings by live
stream or watching on television – Good afternoon. Recognize Court of
As we mark the Opening of the 2021 Legal Year.
Attorney General's Remarks - Opening of the Legal Year 2021-2
- Jan 14, 2021 - 8:03:20 PM
See enclosed Remarks by Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs the Hon. Carl Bethel at ceremonies marking the Opening of the Legal Year, January 13, 2021:
I wish to thank Archbishop Patrick Christopher Pinder, and Bishop Delton
Fernander, and all those Reverend Gentlemen and Ladies of the Clergy
who have prayed for our country at the advent of this New Year, and for
commemorating the Opening of the Legal Year.
I come before this
Honourable Court and the Bahamian people to provide a report on my
stewardship in 2020 and our goals for the coming year...
Grand Bahama Island featured in Caribbean Journal Articles
- Jan 14, 2021 - 7:08:09 PM
The Office of the Prime Minister Grand Bahama is pleased to note
that Grand Bahama Island was recently listed as one of the ‘21 best
Caribbean islands to visit in 2021’ in the world’s leading Caribbean
News website, Caribbean Journal.
Grand Bahama, the article appeals to a variety of travelers whether
they are seeking the relaxation of boating in West End or more
livelihood in the city of Freeport, noting that the island has several
luxury accommodations for visitors...
The COVID-19 Pandemic Had Turbulent Effect on the Registrar General’s Department in 2020
- Jan 14, 2021 - 3:12:28 PM
Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Senator the Hon. Carl W.
Bethel stated that the COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately, had a
turbulent effect on the Registrar General’s Department.
to the start of the pandemic, the recording of deeds and documents was
done in 14 days -- with a goal of lessening that time -- the Attorney
General said in his remarks at ceremonies to mark the beginning of the
2021 Legal Year (which was modified due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Prime Minister Minnis - Bahamas Business Outlook 2021
- Jan 14, 2021 - 12:15:34 PM
See enclosed remarks by Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis at Bahamas Business Outlook 2021, today:
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Good Morning. It
has been a longstanding custom for the prime minister to address the
annual Bahamas Business Outlook. I am pleased to have continued this
tradition over the past several years.
For an impressive 30 years now, this forum has served as an opportunity
to review the economic and business outlook and prospects for a new
The Bahamas supports CARICOM statement on solidarity with Guyana
- Jan 14, 2021 - 11:39:20 AM
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on 12 January, issued a statement
expressing deep disappointment and concern regarding actions taken by
Venezuela pertaining to its long-term border dispute with Guyana,
including intimations of the creation of a strategic area of national
development called “Territory for the Development of the Atlantic