The new ministry is intended to bring intense focus to turning Grand Bahama's economy around.
"The whole idea is to make Grand Bahama one of the most fascinating
and explosive islands in the entire Bahamas and one of the envied places
in the world," he told The Freeport News.
The Member of Parliament elect for West Grand Bahama and Bimini
explained that Grand Bahama is a very peculiar and unique island.
"Because of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement you have created a city
within a country and another capital within The Bahamas," he said.
"So what you have to do is find a balance because you have to ensure
that there remains growth and development in Freeport, but the
underdevelopment of the east and west of Freeport is a serious issue."
Wilchcombe noted that finding a balance for the entire island will be key to its survival.
"We have to now ensure that there is equity on the one hand and then
we have to create a relationship with those at the (Grand Bahama)?Port
Authority and others to ensure that we're able to begin the promotion of
tourism the way it ought to be done," he said.
Additionally, he said, the new PLP government must also focus on the
promotion of the financial sector and address the energy issues as well
as those that will cause the creation of jobs and improve the standard
of living for residents east and west of Freeport.
Wilchcombe, who was returned on Monday as the representative for West
Grand Bahama and Bimini during the 2012 general election which lead to
the party's return to power, said the goal in Grand Bahama was to win
all five seats.
While they fell short in gaining two of them, Wilchcombe said he is eager to get to work.
Along with his portfolio as representative for the west, came his appointment as Minister of Tourism yesterday.
Top on his agenda is the renaming of a portion of the highway in the
west, which begins at Bartlett Hill and runs to West End, the Lynden
Pindling Highway so that it connects with the Warren J. Levarity
"Warren J. Levarity, one of the greatest Bahamian politicians, did so much for infrastructural development," he said.
"I want the highway that runs from Bartlett Hill, which is still
named Queen's Highway, to be changed to the Sir Lynden Pindling Highway.
Again, we're presenting a revolutionary change."
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