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  • MINISTER OF LABOUR MEETS WITH EXECUTIVES OF THE BAHAMAS FINANCIAL SERVICES BOARD AND THE ASSOCIATION OF INTERNATIONAL BANKS AND TRUSTS’

    The advancement of Bahamians to high paying jobs in the financial services sector and the enhanced regulation of the financial services industry were some of the matters which the Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes called for as he spoke with executives of The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) and the Association of International Banks and Trusts (AIBT) on Thursday, 5 October

    2017. The Bahamas Financial Services Board executives were led by Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Board, Ms. Tanya McCartney and Mr. Bruno Roberts, Co-Chairman of the Association of International Banks and Trusts along with Ms. Antoinette Russell, Director of Credit Suisse Trust and BFS Board member.

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  • HERBERT BROWN RETIRES AS MANAGING DIRECTOR OF P.H.A FOLLOWING YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE

    During the retirement luncheon for the Managing Director of the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA), Herbert Brown -- Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands said it was “an honour to pay tribute to the career of a veteran of the public health system and visionary leader, who made health care development a priority of his tenure as Managing Director.” “Herbert Brown is an inspiring figure in our modern healthcare environment. It is not often that a man begins at an entry-level post in a public hospital institution and rises to the very top of that organization to exercise leadership at the highest levels,” the Minister said during the luncheon held at the Balmoral Club, Friday, October 13, 2017. Dr. Sands said one of Mr. Brown’s greatest contributions to public healthcare is an unflagging insistence upon excellence. “At every level of our public health facilities, quality and excellence should be the watchwords of our efforts. To put it most simply, Hebert Brown is convinced there should be no differentiation in standards and quality of care between public health facilities and the private.”

    Former Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham attended the retirement luncheon joining many others from across the health care system as well as family members including Mr. Brown’s wife, Dr. Laurette Isaac Brown, and one of his sons. Mr. Brown said as he thinks back on his journey in health, he could not help but reflect on his family, mentors and friends, who had at various times in his professional life helped him to maintain and grow into a career that allowed him to impact the lives of many people in the country. “I would like to formally, publicly thank the more than 4,000 employees at the PHA for their outstanding example of ingenuity, talent, leadership and compassion.” Mr. Brown began his career in the public service in May 1970 at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre. After a long and distinguished career, he became the Managing Director of the PHA in 2002.

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  • DIPLOMATIC WEEK 2017 BEGINS WITH CHURCH SERVICE

    Under theme 'Innovative Approaches to A Changing World', the Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially began its 4th Annual Diplomatic Week, Sunday 15th October, with an official church service at Christ Church Cathedral. The Governor General, Dame Marguerite Pindling, attended the official opening service. The Diplomatic Week opening service, and the week’s events are being attended by the entire accredited Diplomatic Corps of The Bahamas, both resident and non-resident. The formal opening ceremony for Diplomatic Week will take place Monday morning 16th October at the Melia Hotel and continue throughout the week with various addresses by senior Government Ministers and other officials at the Melia Resort until Wednesday, when the Diplomatic Corps and other international guests will tour Freeport, Grand Bahama.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs first began Diplomatic Week in 2014 as an exercise to liaise directly with all international diplomats accredited to The Bahamas and to share important goals with the country's international friends and allies. Diplomatic Week also serves as an opportunity to strengthen bilateral relations, promote cultural, social and economic exchanges between The Bahamas, International and Regional Organizations facilitated through working sessions and activities.

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  • INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL OPENS

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Darren Henfield Saturday 14th October officially opened the International Food Festival on the grounds of the national Botanical Gardens in Chippingham. The Food Festival featured national booths from 23 different nations with diplomatic relations with The Bahamas including five from the People’s Republic of China, as well as special performances by various national groups.

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  • MINISTRY OF LABOUR TO CONDUCT COMMUNITY-BASED JOBS SIGN-UP

    The Ministry of Labour is about to embark upon an initiative into the low employment areas of New Providence and Grand Bahama to sign up qualified Bahamians on the Employment Exchange for work.

    This was announced by Senator the Hon. Dion A. Foulkes, Minister of Labour, during his contribution in the Senate, on The Resolution to Thank the Governor General for The Speech from The Throne. Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas read The Speech from The Throne during the Opening of Parliament, following the May 10, 2017 General Election. The Speech outlines the Government’s plans and agenda for governing the country. Mr. Foulkes, in his Senate communication outlines plans for his portfolio, as foreshadowed in the Speech From The Throne. “We are going on the blocks, on the basketball courts, outside popular business establishments like food stores and washhouses. We are taking our employment exchange to the people,” he said. “Too often we have applications for work permits in a number of areas and we do not have qualified Bahamians on our list at the Exchange to refer to the employer.”

    Mr. Foulkes noted that there are shortages of housekeepers, gardeners, farmers, air conditioning technicians, welders, engineers, nurses, specialized teachers, spa therapists, butlers, food and beverage managers, financial services traders and wealth managers. “May I take this opportunity to appeal to qualified people who are looking for employment: please register with the Employment Exchange,” he said. Mr. Foulkes said that his Ministry is focusing on a national approach to training. In this regard, several institutions have been consulted namely the University of the Bahamas, the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute, hotels, the financial services sector and the industrial sector in Grand Bahama. “We want to devise a coordinated public/private sector training initiative where we can focus our efforts on training Bahamians for the demands of the existing market place,” he said.

    In the financial services and the maritime industries, he noted that the Ministry is in the process of devising plans to institutionalize education and training from primary and high school levels. “We have looked into some of the initiatives in Singapore, Cayman Islands and other jurisdictions as to how to approach this question of training in the financial services sector,” Mr. Foulkes said. He noted that the country the government is mostly impressed with in this regards is Estonia, where that government and the private sector began the training of Estonians for the financial services sector from the primary school level. “If we are to maximize the benefits to Bahamians, I am of the view that we have to begin the process of making a cultural change with respect to financial services and the maritime industry, and it must start with our educational and training institutions,” Mr. Foulkes said. In the area of Labour, he said that his Ministry is in the final stages of concluding industrial agreements with Customs, Immigration, and the Air Traffic Controllers unions.

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  • MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ANNOUNCES DIPLOMATIC WEEK 2017

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces Diplomatic Week 2017 - 'Innovative Approaches to A Changing World'. This is the 4th Annual such event and will be marked with attendance by the entire Diplomatic Corps of The Bahamas, both resident and non-resident. Diplomatic week begins with a Church Service at Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday 15th October. The formal opening ceremony will take place at 10.00am at the Melia Hotel. Diplomatic week continues throughout the week with various addresses by senior Government Ministers and other officials at the Melia Resort until Wednesday, when the Diplomatic Corps and other international guests will tour Freeport, Grand Bahama.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs first began Diplomatic Week in 2014 as an exercise to liaise directly with all international diplomats accredited to The Bahamas and to share important goals with the country's international friends and allies. Diplomatic Week also serves as an opportunity to strengthen bilateral relations, promote cultural, social and economic exchanges between The Bahamas, International and Regional Organizations facilitated through working sessions and activities.

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  • BAHAMAS NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION COURTESY CALL AND RECEPTION AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE

    Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling hosted members of the Bahamas National Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention in a Courtesy Call and Reception at Government House on Thursday, October 12, 2017. The Governor General is pictured greeting and welcoming the delegates. In group photo, pictured from left: Bishop Delton Fernander, Executive Secretary, Bahamas National Convention; Rev. Dr. Philip Rahming; Rev. Dr. Marina Sands; Dr. Neville George Callam, General Secretary & Chief Executive Officer, Baptist World Alliance; Rev. Dr. William Thompson, President, Bahamas Baptist Convention; the Governor General; Rev. Dr. Paul Msiza, President of Baptist World Alliance; Rev. Everton Jackson, Executive Secretary/Treasurer-Caribbean National Baptist Fellowship; Ms. Yvonne Pitter and Rev. Dr. Everette Brown, 4th Vice-President.

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  • NATIONAL DRUG FREE SCHOOLS DAY’ – OCTOBER 16

    “The persons mostly at risk for drug use and abuse are the vulnerable of the population which includes school-aged children,” said the Hon. Marvin Dames, Minister of National Security, Wednesday, during a press conference to announce the first annual ‘National Drug Free Schools Day.’ The objective of the day, which, will be observed Monday, October 16, 2017 under the theme, “I’m Loving Me, Drug Free,” said Minister Dames, is to educate school students across the country about the harmful impact of illicit drug use and abuse, and to help strengthen their resolve to resist peer pressure and stay away from drugs.

    The National Anti-Drug Secretariat (NADS) within the Ministry of National Security in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, the school-based policing programme of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) and other stakeholders, will assist in student-support. NADS, which has oversight of all drug control activities within the country, will coordinate the event. On that day public and private schools across the nation will host anti-drug activities. Guest speakers from local anti-drug organizations will share an anti-drug message along with the reading of the Proclamation signed by Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister. Balloons will be released on that day to symbolize unity, awareness and solidarity of all schools as they work together to keep the school environment drug free. The illicit drug trade is among the root causes of crime and violence in the country. Any successful strategy to effectively combat this problem must include not only supply reduction but demand reduction efforts, as well, for those most at risk of using drugs said Minister Dames.

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  • BAHAMAS TO HOST COMMONWEALTH LAW MINISTERS MEETING

    Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Senator the Hon. Carl Bethel announced that the Government and the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas are pleased this year to host 52 Attorneys General and Law Ministers from various countries, during this year's Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting (CLMM), October 16-19, 2017 at Baha Mar. He made the announcement at a press conference at the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs on Thursday. In attendance at conference will be the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC. Attorney General Bethel said: "At these meetings, we will focus on Law Reform and Technology, two very important issues to countries around the world. Here in The Bahamas, we have been actively engaged in discussions with various stakeholders on Law Reform measures and are consistently reviewing the administration of justice in our jurisdiction with a view on how we become more relevant and effective in an ever-evolving society.

    "As you are aware, we continue to have our challenges in certain areas of the process of justice, but our commitment is to ensure that we are always working to create a more effective justice system that every citizen of the country can access and have confidence in the process."

    In addition, the Attorney General explained that the purpose of the meetings is to offer a unique opportunity to interact with other legal colleagues in the Commonwealth, as well as engage in meaningful discussions on teamwork tactics in addressing run-of-the-mill conformity on issues of mutual interests. "It provides the opportunity for bi-lateral and multi-lateral meetings with regional and global counterparts to share experiences, discuss best practices and explore the possibility of closer working relationships," he said.

    Finally, Bethel concluded with the fact that technology is driving the new methods of doing business globally and it is impacting every sector of society. "We, as Attorneys General and Law Ministers, must not only be aware of the technological advancements, but fully understand the impact it is currently having and the potential impact it can have in the future on the administration of justice in our individual countries and by extension the entire Commonwealth. We need to discuss how we embrace technology as part of the creation of a more efficient justice system as part of our reform measures. "This summit also presents another opportunity for our country to demonstrate to the world that we are a first-class destination for international meetings and conferences. We have held numerous events in the past and will continue to in the future." Bethel reminded the press to spread the word that we are in the tourism business and "such niche markets as international conferences and meetings" create opportunities for tourism growth and expansion. "We look forward to a very productive and successful week of meetings," said the Attorney General.

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  • ANTI-CORRUPTION BILL TO INCLUDE CONFISCATION OF ASSETS POLICY

    The Minnis Administration will introduce new and revised legislation to combat official corruption in The Bahamas as part of its legislative agenda, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Wednesday.

    This includes a more advanced Anti-Corruption Bill “inclusive of Asset Confiscation and Public Disclosure” and an Integrity Commission Bill. “Political will is needed in order to address and stem corruption,” Prime Minister Minnis said. “This government and this Prime Minister have the will to confront corruption. We will promote law and order.” Addressing Parliament Wednesday, Prime Minister Minnis said his Administration was elected by the people of The Bahamas to vigorously address the culture of corruption “and we will continue to fulfill this mandate.” “Be assured that once uncovered, status, politics or family name will not prevent prosecution. We cannot simply ignore the massive abuse and theft of public funds.”

    Prime Minister Minnis said the Government will continue with the forensic audits of government ministries, corporations and departments in order to identify wrongdoing and to stop such practices occurring in the future. “We have already tabled legislation to provide for a stand-alone Office of Public Prosecution,” Prime Minister Minnis said. “We will ensure the appointment of honest and fair-minded individuals to the various offices and agencies which combat official corruption. This is essential if we are to stem public corruption at every level.”

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