Government Receives Marine Protection Plan
- Sep 18, 2018 - 9:56:45 PM
On September 18, 2018, members of the Bahamas Protected project team
submitted a Marine Protection Plan to the Government for expanding
marine protected areas in the country in an effort to protect future
jobs, safeguard the environment, and help protect food sources for The
According to information from the team, the plan will
help the Government fulfill its pledge to protect 20 percent of the
country’s seabed by 2020. One of the major issues that Marine
Protection Plan helps solve is the decline in our marine resources from a
variety of negative impacts including climate change and poaching...
The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Global Conference 2018
- Sep 18, 2018 - 4:51:01 PM
The Ministry of Financial Services Trade & Industry and Immigration
was a major sponsor of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
(STEP) Global Conference held in Vancouver, Canada during the period
13th – 14th September 2018. The STEP Global Conference is the leading
forum where representatives travel from numerous jurisdictions from
across the globe to network and make peer-to-peer connections within the
diverse group of wealth management professionals, speakers, service
providers and diplomats who are leaders of financial services within
Regulators have Issued Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism Guidelines
- Sep 18, 2018 - 4:20:50 PM
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter
Turnquest said regulators have issued Anti-Money Laundering/Combating
the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) guidelines, codes of practice and
rules to industry stakeholders outlining best practices for verifying
the identity of their customer and developing AML/CFT procedures and
“Along with The Central Bank of The Bahamas, other
regulators, such as, The Bahamas Securities Commission, Insurance
Commission and Compliance Commission, are actively engaged with
monitoring their constituents with regards to AML/CFT compliance...
Meeting of UNESCO World Heritage Steering Committee
- Sep 18, 2018 - 2:22:19 PM
A Meeting of the Steering Committee of UNESCO World
Heritage, ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage and Protection and Promotion of
Diversity of Cultural Expressions Convention’ was held at the Ministry
of Education on the 13th September 2018.
The Steering Committee
examined the way forward in promoting the ideals of UNESCO, protecting
national cultural and intangible cultural heritage, and accessing
technical, financial and consultancy assistance in the areas of UNESCO
competency, being Education, Culture, Science, and Communication...
The Governor General Pays Respects to the Family of the Late Police Inspector Carlis Blatch
- Sep 17, 2018 - 8:05:17 PM
Governor General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling
paid respects to the family of late Aide-de-Camp to the Governor
General, Police Inspector Carlis Blatch at their home in Yellow Elder on
Sunday, September 16, 2018. Photos show the Governor General visiting
with the family and presenting flowers to them.
BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson...
Courtesy Call on Minister Rolle - A Celebration for Shaunae Miller-Uibo
- Sep 17, 2018 - 7:46:08 PM
Surrounded by cheering well-wishers and waving Bahamian flags, Olympic
Gold-Medalist and 2018 Diamond League Winner Shaunae Miller-Uibo arrived
at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture (MOYSC) for a courtesy
call that was a celebration for all present, on September 17, 2018, even
those cheering and dancing to live Junkanoo music on the two floors
above the building's main floor.
Minister of Youth, Sports and
Culture the Hon. Lanisha Rolle told those gathered in the University
Drive Head Office that “many athletes have done virtuously, today we
welcome home the one, who in this season, excels them all”...
The Bahamas Reaffirms its Commitment to Being a ‘Well Regulated’ Financial Jurisdiction
- Sep 17, 2018 - 7:30:39 PM
The Government of the Bahamas is ‘committed’ to maintaining the
jurisdiction as ‘clean, compliant and transparent’ in meeting and
complying with international standards. This, Minister of Financial
Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon. Brent Symonette
said will ensure that the jurisdiction is successful in the financial
Mr. Symonette made the remarks while speaking at
the Anti-Money Laundering to Counter Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT)
conference being held on Monday, 17th September at Baha Mar Convention
Attorney General's remarks at today's AML/CFT Conference
- Sep 17, 2018 - 7:13:57 PM
Good morning ladies and gentlemen,
I would like to thank the
Group of Financial Services Regulators (GFSR) for hosting this timely
conference on managing the risks of Money Laundering and Terrorism
Financing. I would also like to thank the executives of the GFSR for
inviting me to speak on this topic this morning.
History of the Bahamas
Caribbean island nations and territories are, without exception, former
or current colonies of Great Britain, Spain, France or the Netherlands.
The Bahamas’ history as a former colony of The United Kingdom of Great
Britain & Wales is rich in farming (cash crops, sugar cane, bananas,
sisal and cotton), sponging and fishing...
Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) confirmed two new hires
- Sep 17, 2018 - 6:34:47 PM
Two critical new hires highlight the gathering momentum being
generated as the new Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) races
toward its official launch on September 20. Executive Director, Davinia
Blair announced on Thursday, September 13 that the SBDC hired an
Associate Director of Operations and had contracted for someone to
design and build the SBDC website...
PM Minnis opens National Skills Symposium
- Sep 17, 2018 - 5:22:33 PM
In keeping with the government’s commitment to improve the standard of
living for Bahamians, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis
officially launched the National Committee for Industry & Skills
Development, on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the opening of the
National Skills Symposium.
The national committee was established
to closely examine the skills gap that presently obstructs economic
growth. Administered by the Ministry of Labour, it comprises an effort
to address the lack of sufficient skilled Bahamian workers to meet
labour demands, now and in the future...
Bahamas Christian Council visits and prays for Government House Staff
- Sep 17, 2018 - 4:43:56 PM
The Bahamas Christian Council visited and prayed for the staff of
Government House on Monday, September 17, 2018 to assist with their
coming to terms with the recent tragic loss of Aide-de-Camp to the
Governor General, Police Inspector Carlis Blatch.
Public notice: Re-Surfacing of Bernard Road
- Sep 17, 2018 - 3:59:47 PM
The Ministry of Public Works/Bahamix, has scheduled Milling and Paving
works for Bernard Road from 9:30a.m. to 2:00p.m., Monday through Friday,
beginning September 19th 2018, for 21 working days.
resurfacing of Bernard Road will extend from the “Village Rd/Wulff
Rd/Soldier Rd Junction” to the Roundabout at Fox Hill Freedom Park...
Small Islands have to grapple with the imposition of external standards set by larger countries
- Sep 17, 2018 - 2:23:11 PM
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter
Turnquest said small islands like The Bahamas have to grapple with the
imposition of external standards set by the world’s large countries when
it comes to the financial sector.
“This sometimes happens
without due regard for national sovereignty or the spirit of
international cooperation that should exist. This is a challenge we must
acknowledge and address,” DPM Turnquest said at the two-day AML/CFT
Anti-Money Laundering: Countering the Financing of Terrorism 2018 Risk
Management Conference at Baha Mar, September 17, 2018...
As International Financial Centre, Bahamas must keep up with constant change
- Sep 17, 2018 - 1:54:02 PM
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of
Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest said The Bahamas operates in an
environment of constant change when it comes to the international
financial sector, particularly when it comes to international codes of
“In the region, when it comes to keeping pace with the
ever-evolving standards, we know the challenges all too well,” DPM
Turnquest said at the two-day AML/CFT Anti-Money Laundering: Countering
the Financing of Terrorism 2018 Risk Management Conference at Baha Mar,
Monday, September 17, 2018...
Labour Minister pledges more jobs for persons in Cruise Ship Sector
- Sep 14, 2018 - 12:35:01 PM
The Minister of Labour, Senator the Honourable Dion A. Foulkes is
pledging the Government’s commitment to do all in its power to create
more rewarding job opportunities for persons interested in working in
the cruise ship and maritime sectors.
This comes just days after
Minister Foulkes and the Honourable Renward Wells, Minister of Transport
and Local Government led a delegation that visited Carnival
Corporation’s Center for Simulator Maritime Training (CSMART) facilities
in Almere, The Netherlands...
First steps toward resolving land ownership issue For BARC residents
- Sep 14, 2018 - 12:21:13 PM
Minister of Agriculture & Marine Resources, Hon. Michael Pintard
hosted residents of the North Andros farming community at the Bahamas
Agricultural Research Center (BARC) to a special town hall meeting
Wednesday, September 5. The meeting gave residents the opportunity to
share their concerns and ask questions on the transfer of ownership of
public land that was leased to the original tenants in the early 1970s
by the Government of The Bahamas.
Addressing the meeting,
Minister Pintard reassured the residents that the Minnis Administration
is committed to resolving the ownership issue that may one day see land
grants given to residents that want to farm.
Ministries of Health and Public Service Office Closures
- Sep 14, 2018 - 11:52:25 AM
The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Public Service would like
to advise the public that due to having no utilities, their offices on
Meeting Street will be closed today, Friday, September 14, 2018.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused...
Prime Minister Plants Tree at Gambier Primary School
- Sep 13, 2018 - 7:00:07 PM
Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas participated in a Tree Planting of the National Flower, the
Yellow Elder, at Gambier Primary School; the tree planting ceremony took
place Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the public institution located on
the western end of New Providence.
The Prime Minister said
though having a busy schedule, he was happy to be among the students,
who greeted him with fanfare through music...
Staff at Government House Attend Grief Counseling
- Sep 13, 2018 - 6:50:38 PM
Members of staff at Government House attended a grief counseling
service, Thursday, on the passing of Government House Aide-de-Camp, the
late Police Inspector Carlis Blatch. Ministers bringing remarks were
the Very Reverend Harry Bain, Dean of Nassau and Rector of Christ Church
Cathedral; Barrington H. Brennen, Counselor, Bahamas Conference of
Seventh Day Adventists; Rev. Carla Culmer, president of the Bahamas
Conference of the Methodist Church; and Simeon Hall, Pastor Emeritus of
New Covenant Baptist Church.
(BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)...