Foreign Affairs Minister meets with IOM representatives
- Nov 23, 2014 - 3:02:47 PM
The Ambassador was
accompanied by Ms. Aqueda Marin, Regional Technical Specialist of
Counter-trafficking and the Minister was joined by Mrs. Cleola Hamilton,
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Immigration and the Senior Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Immigration and the Dept. of Immigration.
The Courtesy Call
provided an opportunity for both the Minister and Ambassador to have a
frank conversation on irregular Migration in The Bahamas pursuant to the
signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Bahamas and the
International Organization for Migration in September during the 69th
United Nations General Assembly on Climate Change...
Chinese Embassy makes donation to Fox Hill community
- Nov 23, 2014 - 3:00:15 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Fox Hill Festival Committee got a helping
hand on Friday when the Chinese Embassy made a donation to assist in defraying
the cost of various committee projects for the further development of the Fox
Hill community. Making the presentation was Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas Yuan
Guisen and accepting on behalf of the committee was Co-Chair Benjamin Rahming.
Pictured from left are Mr. Zhai Xingfu, Counselor
and Deputy Chief of Missions (DCM) at the Chinese Embassy in Nassau; Mr.
Maurice Tynes, Co-Chairman of the Fox Hill Festival Committee; Benjamin Rahming,
Co-Chairman of the Fox Hill Festival Committee; Clinton Pearce, Treasure of the
Fox Hill Festival Committee (in background) ; Ambassador Guisen...
Minister Mitchell's Public Service Statement on Immigration
- Nov 23, 2014 - 2:20:46 PM
MIAMI, Florida - Public Service Statement on Immigration Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Immigration made at St. Agnes Church on
22nd November 2014:
The public is reminded that as of 1st November the following will apply:
No applications will be ac
in The Bahamas for first-time work permit applicants who have no legal
status in The Bahamas. All first-time applicants for work permits
without legal status in The Bahamas will have to be certified as having
been seen by The Bahamas Embassy of their home country or the nearest
Consular Office of The Bahamas. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Outstanding Students Foundation call on Bahamas Governor General
- Nov 22, 2014 - 9:23:29 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Bahamas Outstanding Students' Foundation
headed by T. Ricardo Whylly paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Dame
Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House on Wednesday
November 19, 2014.
Pictured from left: Paige Smith, Renay Miller,
Oudreey Demeritte, T. Ricardo Whylly, Dame Marguerite Pindling, Otalia
Pinder-Whylly, Dr. Jennie Lloyd, Remona Taylor and Anaka Young. (BIS
Bahamas Government Launches its First Pre-Paid Assistance Card
- Nov 22, 2014 - 3:16:56 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The
Government of The Bahamas celebrated the 50th anniversary of state-operated,
ministerial welfare services with the launch of its first-ever, state-operated
social services reloadable Pre-Paid Visa Card.
card will be used to provide state assistance to Bahamians qualifying for food assistance
under the Department of Social Services Food Assistance Programme. The launch
was held November 20 at Epworth Hall, Shirley Street.
Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie attended the launch and
presented the first Pre-Paid card...
PM Hails Former Parliamentarian as ‘A Good Man and a Great Bahamian’
- Nov 21, 2014 - 7:23:25 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Former Cabinet Minister and
Parliamentarian, Mr. Warren J. Levarity was laid to rest on Thursday, November
21. A state funeral was held at Christ Church Cathedral, where over three
hundred persons gathered to pay their last respects. In attendance at the funeral
were, Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, accompanied by the
majority of his cabinet, along with leader of the Opposition, Dr. Hubert Minnis
and several members of the Free National Movement.
While paying tribute to Mr. Levarity, Prime Minister Christie
called him, ‘one of the heroes of the Peaceful Revolution.’ He said that not
only was the deceased a ‘good man’ but he was also a ‘great Bahamian.’
Bahamas Immigration Minister Responds to Comments of OAS Secretary General
- Nov 21, 2014 - 1:21:49 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Minister of Foreign Affairs and
Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell during a press conference at the Ministry
for Grand Bahama on Friday responded to a report emanating from the press of
Jamaica that during a visit to Jamaica, the Secretary
General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Jose Miguel Insulza made
comments about the immigration policies of The Bahamas Government.The
report in indirect speech said that the Secretary General had referred to
"round ups" in The Bahamas of Haitians.
Minister Mitchell said no reports of
“round ups” of Haitians should have been made by the office of the Organization
of American States as the organization had been briefed on the Immigration
policies of the Bahamas Government...
Ministry of Finance: Business Licensing Process Fast-Tracked for VAT Registrants
- Nov 20, 2014 - 7:36:11 PM
The Ministry of Finance announces that
with immediate effect the Business Licence Section of the Department of Inland
Revenue has implemented fast-track procedures to allow affected businesses and
organisations to complete the mandatory registration for VAT. Both first time applicants and those seeking
renewals for 2014, will be given conditional letters of approval, until they
have satisfied or been waived any other requirements for the issuance of a
business license certificate. Those
wanting to voluntarily register for VAT can also use these procedures.
Under the procedures business are being
allowed to pay their licence fee in full or to agree on a payment plan
arrangement and receive a 30 day letter of approval. They can use this letter to support their VAT
registration application. First time applicants of existing businesses, including
Grand Bahama Public Hospitals Authority to host Retirement Dinner
- Nov 20, 2014 - 5:57:55 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The
Grand Bahama Public Hospitals Authority held a press conference,
November 19, to announce that a Retirement Dinner will be held Friday
evening to honour the “13 Public Hospitals Authority sparkling gems
retiring after eight to 47 years of consistent and unbroken service to
the people of the Northern Bahamas.”
The dinner will be held at
Le Chateau on the Green, with the theme, “Globe Trotting – A World of
Wonder Awaits.” Minister of Labour, National Insurance, and the Public
Service the Hon. D. Shane Gibson will attend and bring remarks. From
left are Co-Chair Mavis Ward, Public Relations Co-Chair Valeria Burrows,
and Co-Chair John R. Fraser...
Bahamas PM Says COB Vital to National Development Plan
- Nov 19, 2014 - 11:31:02 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Prime Minister the Rt. Hon.
Perry Christie told students of The College of The Bahamas that they have an
integral role to play in the further growth of the country, as he officially
announced “The National Development Plan -- Vision 2040.”
The event took place on Monday, November 17, 2014 at
the Harry C. Moore Library at COB, “which
is the most appropriate place to launch this process,” the Prime Minster said.
“I am happy that we have come to The College of the
Bahamas, soon to be University of The Bahamas, which is the most appropriate
place to launch this process,” the Prime Minister said at the press conference
Bahamas Immigration Minister updates The House on New Immigration Policies
- Nov 19, 2014 - 12:04:15 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a Communication "Update To The House
On Immigration Policy" by Fred Mitchell MP, Minister Of Foreign Affairs
And Immigration in the House Of Assembly, Nassau delivered on 19th
I wish Mr. Speaker to repeat to the House the policy
of the government on Immigration announced on 30th October of this
year.This concretized months of work
announcing that these changes were coming. This announcement should therefore not have been a surprise to anyone...
Bahamas Gov't says, Amnesty International is badly mistaken
- Nov 18, 2014 - 11:40:38 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has
taken note of the comments attributed to Amnesty International in relation to the
enforcement of the new Bahamas immigration policy.
Amnesty International is badly mistaken.
The immigration policy is humane in nature and generic
in its application as no particular national grouping is being targeted.
Further, it is not the policy of the Bahamas Government to violate the civil or
human rights of any citizen or resident and there have not been any reported
cases of abuse in connection with these routine checks and interdiction
First Pinning Ceremony for Registered Nurses Held in Grand Bahama
- Nov 18, 2014 - 3:16:56 PM
FREEPORT, Bahamas – Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Michael
Darville, congratulated nine graduates of the Class of Fall 2013 during the
first pinning ceremony to be held in Grand Bahama on Monday at Pelican Bay Hotel.
Held under the theme, “Nurses: Many roles, One Profession;
Advocating, Leading and Delivering Quality Care,” there were nine graduates,
eight women and one man. They are Keisha Bain-Outten, Cynetra Cox, Bejra
Duncombe, Ashley Pinder, Kendra Roberts, Latoya Russell, Danielle Seymour,
Bonnielynn Toote-Coakley and Tenishka Williams.
The graduates, he said, are products of The College of The
Bahamas Nursing Program, something to be proud of. The Minister congratulated
them on choosing to become a part of a noble profession and added...
MOFA responds to claims by Freeport attorney Fred Smith
- Nov 18, 2014 - 11:13:42 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Ministry of
Foreign Affairs takes note of a statement purportedly issued by Freeport
Attorney Fred Smith about the Immigration policies of the Bahamas Government.
The statements by Mr. Smith are in
grave error and are materially incorrect.
The Ministry is again concerned by
certain actors in the population that appear to be intent on chasing
headlines, seeking to create public hysteria and resorting to misinformation in
order to do so. Their language is intemperate, inflammatory and the claims regarding
the immigration policy are inaccurate.
Minister Mitchell talks immigration and citizenship at Grand Bahama pastor's forum
- Nov 14, 2014 - 3:00:50 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama
- Continuing with his public education campaign on the new Immigration
policies that came into effect on Saturday Nov 1, Immigration Minister
Mitchell traveled to Grand Bahama today (Friday) to meet with local
pastors at the Freeport Bible Church to discuss immigration and the
misinformation surrounding the enforcement of this law. Pastors from the
Haitian community and local social activist Joe Darville were among
those in attendance. The host pastor was the Rev. Wilbur Outten.
The following are Minister Mitchell's remarks:
promised last week to re-convene this forum. This is a return to the
church of Pastor Wilbur Outten and the Pastor’s Forum. I understand that...
Mitchell Welcomes The Interdiction Committee (TIC) to OPBAT Award Ceremony and Roundtable Discussion
- Nov 14, 2014 - 11:58:38 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are Remarks by
Frederick Mitchell, Minister Of Foreign Affairs & Immigration At The
Interdiction Committee Roundtable Discussion:
Established in 1983,
Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) is a multi-agency,
international drug interdiction effort focused on stopping the flow of
illegal drugs from South America and the Caribbean to The Bahamas, Turks
and Caicos and the United States. To date, it is estimated that OPBAT
has reduced the flow of cocaine through The Bahamas by 70% and is
considered one of the most successful counter drug enforcement
initiatives in the region...
Bahamas baseball advances with new Andre Rodgers National Baseball Stadium
- Nov 14, 2014 - 9:07:09 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- A new
Andre Rodgers National Baseball Stadium will be completed in 2015 and heralds
rapid expansion of the game of baseball in The Bahamas. The stadium will be named after Bahamian
baseball great, Kenneth Andre Ian Rodgers – the first Bahamian to play US Major
Rodgers played primarily shortstop
for the Giants, Chicago Cubs, and Pittsburg Pirates.
Ground breaking for the
stadium’s construction took place November 7 attended by his family, friends,
and government officials, including the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister,
and the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture.
The achievements of Andre Rodgers are still very vivid...
Bahamas gov't investigating complaints from citizens in regard to comments made about the country
- Nov 14, 2014 - 8:46:06 AM
The following is a Statement by the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration has taken
note of complaints to the Ministry from Bahamian citizens about the
comments made in the press by a purported citizen of The Bahamas who now
lives in the United States and the adverse comments about The Bahamas
from a state legislator in Florida. The Ministry is investigating the
complaints to determine what are the appropriate administrative measures
if any that are necessary to protect the sovereign integrity of The
PM Christie PM Addresses 2014 Global Leadership Forum in Grand Bahama
- Nov 13, 2014 - 10:47:35 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island – Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie,
told delegates of the Global Leadership Forum, Monday, “You have to trust God.”
being held at Grand Lucayan Ballroom from November 10 to 13, opened despite the
sudden death of the event’s host, Dr. Myles Munroe when the plane on which he
was travelling to Grand Bahama crashed at the Grand Bahama Shipyard killing all
passengers on board.
Minister Christie said he was saddened by the deaths of those on board the aircraft,
and “It is utterly impossible to measure the magnitude of Dr. Munroe’s loss to
The Bahamas and to the world. He was indisputably...
Remembrance Day Service held in Nassau
- Nov 13, 2014 - 1:37:49 PM
- Bahamas government remembered those fallen in the war at a
Remembrance Day Mass at Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday, November 9th.
The Services culminated with ceremonies at the Cenotaph in the Garden
of Remembrance on Sunday morning, attended by branches of the Ministry
of National Security, many youth and civic organizations, diplomatic
representatives, local spectators, and visitors to the island.
this ceremony, Remembrance Day programmes were handed out, so the
entire gathering could join in the opening hymn, “Great is Thy