COVID-19 Bahamas Updates

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Prime Minister Minnis visits Ministry of Health

Prime Minister Minnis visits Ministry of Health

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Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis said Bahamians must be prepared to fight an economic war once the war on COVID-19 is behind the nation.   To date, there are 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas – nine confirmed in New Providence and one confirmed in Grand Bahama.   The Prime […]


Prime Minister Minnis announces 24-hour curfew

Prime Minister Minnis announces 24-hour curfew

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Prime Minister Minnis announces 24-hour curfew, closure of airports, beaches, docks and ports Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis has announced a new and expanded Emergency Powers Order to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus, including a 24-hour curfew that takes effect Tuesday 24 March and the closure of airports, beaches, docks and ports. The […]


Emergency Regulations provide legal powers to respond quickly to COVID-19

Emergency Regulations provide legal powers to respond quickly to COVID-19

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The Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations, 2020 will put in place the legal powers for the Government to respond quickly and decisively to the COVID-19 crisis, said Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis. Prime Minister Minnis outlined the major components of the Regulations in the House of Assembly on Wednesday 18 March. The Regulations, […]


Prime Minister Minnis: Panic buying not necessary

Prime Minister Minnis: Panic buying not necessary

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Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis appealed to Bahamians and residents to stop panic buying food and hoarding supplies in reaction to news of the COVID-19 virus. “There is no need for it,” the Prime Minister said on Tuesday 17 March following a meeting with local wholesalers and suppliers at the Office of […]


Prime Minister outlines COVID-19 response

Prime Minister outlines COVID-19 response

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Schools closed, restricted travel expanded, additional medical resources secured The Government has announced the closure of all public schools and expanded the list of restricted travel countries to include Europe and the UK as part of the national response to the COVID-19 coronavirus, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis announced on Sunday night […]


Transformed landfill to start recycling program

Transformed landfill to start recycling program

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The transformed New Providence landfill, now known as the New Providence Ecology Park (NPEP), plans to roll out a recycling program that will accept cans, glass, plastic, aluminum, cardboard and mixed paper, said NPEP chairman Mr. Felix Stubbs. The recycling plan is part of the next phase of improvements at the site that was once […]


School tech upgrade, more free preschool spots for Andros

School tech upgrade, more free preschool spots for Andros

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MASTIC POINT, Andros – The Ministry of Education is set to begin its technology upgrade at the primary school in Mastic Point this year by ensuring that all students from preschool through grade three receive a tablet, said Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis. The teachers will also receive a laptop and a […]


New BPL generator will lead to millions in savings

New BPL generator will lead to millions in savings

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The Government is moving closer to its goal to reduce dependence on various fossils fuels and aggressively use more renewable sources of energy, including solar, said Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis. The Prime Minister was speaking on Thursday 5 March at the “first-fire” ceremony for a new GE TM2500 generator at Bahamas […]


COVID-19 testing lab in New Providence

COVID-19 testing lab in New Providence

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Lab with capacity to test for COVID-19 established in New Providence A laboratory with the capacity to test for the COVID-19 virus has been established at the National Reference Laboratory in New Providence, said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pearl McMillian. The lab was set-up last week and is part of the Ministry of Health’s ongoing […]


Prime Minister Minnis on 60 Minutes

Prime Minister Minnis on 60 Minutes

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Prime Minister Minnis tells 60 Minutes Bahamas can ‘set an example for the world’ In a segment of CBS’ 60 Minutes Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis said he is optimistic about the country’s green options and the ability of The Bahamas to show the world how to move forward after a devastating […]


Grand Bahama hotel and port deal to create thousands of jobs

Grand Bahama hotel and port deal to create thousands of jobs

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The redevelopment of the troubled Grand Lucayan properties and cruise port in Grand Bahama is expected to create 3,000 direct and indirect jobs and additional employment opportunities for Bahamians, said Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis. Prime Minister Minnis was speaking on Monday 2 March at the Heads of […]


Government Progress Report highlights accomplishments

Government Progress Report highlights accomplishments

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The Government of The Bahamas will release its first Progress Report on Monday 2 March 2020. The report will outline some of the Government’s major accomplishments since coming to office in May 2017. Entitled “Investing in People & Communities,” the first report focuses on Bahamians and the communities in which they live, supported by the […]


Swedish Ambassador pays courtesy call on Prime Minister

Swedish Ambassador pays courtesy call on Prime Minister

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Swedish Ambassador to The Bahamas, H.E. Elisabeth Eklund, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis on Friday 28 February at the Office of the Prime Minister.   Ambassador Eklund serves as non-resident Ambassador to The Bahamas and other countries in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).   Prime Minister Minnis thanked […]


Bahamas to take part in CARICOM mission to Haiti

Bahamas to take part in CARICOM mission to Haiti

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The Bahamas will be part of a CARICOM fact finding mission to Haiti in a move to come up with a solution to the ongoing social and political unrest in the Caribbean nation, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis told the media on Thursday. The Prime Minister was speaking at a press conference […]


PM tours Barbados sustainable housing development

PM tours Barbados sustainable housing development

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Resilient community could be model for Abaco subdivision development BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis stepped away from the CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting on Wednesday to view first-hand a sustainable housing community that could be used as a model for the Government’s planned housing development project on Abaco. The Prime Minister […]


Prime Minister Minnis thanks Barbadian students

Prime Minister Minnis thanks Barbadian students

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis got the chance to personally thank Barbadian high school students for raising funds to assist Bahamian students displaced by Hurricane Dorian. Prime Minister Minnis thanked the entire Caribbean Community for coming to the assistance of The Bahamas following the passage of Hurricane Dorian but […]


Prime Minister Minnis speaks with Bahamian students

Prime Minister Minnis speaks with Bahamian students

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis encouraged Bahamian students to return home after completing their studies to take advantage of property, job and business opportunities available in New Providence and the Family Islands. The Prime Minister was speaking at a special reception held for Bahamians living and studying in Barbados […]


Sandy Point airport and lighthouse to receive upgrades

Sandy Point airport and lighthouse to receive upgrades

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SANDY POINT, Abaco – The Sandy Point airport will be expanded and enhanced under the heads of agreement signed between the Government of The Bahamas and Tyrsoz Family Holdings Ltd. The existing airport will be improved in order to accommodate private jets and make it fully operational, inclusive of a fixed base operation, Prime Minister […]


Business Development Fund for South Abaco

Business Development Fund for South Abaco

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SANDY POINT, Abaco – Developers of the recently announced up-market resort community for South Abaco have committed to inject $7 million into a business development fund for Bahamian entrepreneurs seeking to establish businesses in the project. The commitment is a part of the heads of agreement signed on Thursday 13 February between the Government of […]


Agreement signed for $300M Abaco resort

Agreement signed for $300M Abaco resort

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SANDY POINT, Abaco – The Government of The Bahamas and Tyrsoz Family Holdings Ltd. signed a heads of agreement on Thursday for a $300 million up-market resort community that will provide hundreds of jobs and represents one of the largest ever for the island. The development, which represents a minimum capital investment of $300 million, […]


British High Commission officially reopens

British High Commission officially reopens

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Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis said The Bahamas is committed to the economic partnership agreement that was signed with the United Kingdom late last year and takes effect after the Brexit transition period ends 31 December 2020. The agreement ensures trade continuity with the UK following on from the 10-year-old Economic Partnership […]


PM: Pledge offers for Dorian recovery will be revealed

PM: Pledge offers for Dorian recovery will be revealed

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National Report 2020 The Government will only pursue offers coming out of January’s Pledging Conference that are in the best interests of the residents of the areas affected by the storm and in the best interest of The Bahamas, said Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis on Tuesday in his first National Report […]


National Report: Two major announcements for GB and Abaco

National Report: Two major announcements for GB and Abaco

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Progress update on reconstruction program In his first National Report for 2020, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis announced two major announcements  for the storm-ravaged islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, and provided an update on the Government’s reconstruction program post-Hurricane Dorian. A heads of agreement will be signed on Thursday 13 February […]


Small Home Repair Programme launched

Small Home Repair Programme launched

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis officially launched the Hurricane Dorian Small Home Repair Programme aimed at helping residents to make the necessary repairs to their storm-damaged homes. The programme will be launched in Abaco on 17 February, and in New Providence on 24 February. “As a Government, we […]


Marijuana Report tabled in House of Assembly

Marijuana Report tabled in House of Assembly

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Recommendations include legalization for medicinal use, decriminalization of possession of one ounce or less The legalization of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes and the decriminalization of possession of one ounce or less of cannabis for personal use for people over 21 are among the main recommendations included in the preliminary report from the Bahamas […]


Thousands benefit from tuition grant programme

Thousands benefit from tuition grant programme

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Approximately 2,900 of almost 5,000 students enrolled at the University of The Bahamas (UB) are benefitting from the Government’s Tertiary Education Grant Programme initiated last August to increase tuition-free access to tertiary education for qualified Bahamians, said Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis. Of that number, 178 are receiving the additional $500 per […]


Prime Minister reports on earthquake tremors

Prime Minister reports on earthquake tremors

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Building codes may now have to take into consideration the impact of the effects of earthquakes in the region, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday in a Communication to the House of Assembly on the earthquake experienced in the Caribbean on Tuesday. While The Bahamas is not officially in the earthquake […]


Prime Minister Minnis: Government to review pledges and make decisions in the best interest of The Bahamas

Prime Minister Minnis: Government to review pledges and make decisions in the best interest of The Bahamas

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Press Release – It is up to the Government to carefully review the pledges received at the recent Hurricane Donor Pledging Conference and decide what is best for The Bahamas and for the people and communities in affected areas, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis said today in his Keynote Address to the […]


Prime Minister Minnis: Govt to liberalize investment process for areas affected by Hurricane Dorian

Prime Minister Minnis: Govt to liberalize investment process for areas affected by Hurricane Dorian

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Press Release – The Government is looking to simplify a number of investment requirements and expedite investment applications for Bahamian and international investors for Abaco, the Abaco Cays, and East End and West End, Grand Bahama, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis said today. “We will liberalize the process of investment for the […]


$1.5 billion in recovery funding and in-kind services pledged at Hurricane Dorian conference

$1.5 billion in recovery funding and in-kind services pledged at Hurricane Dorian conference

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Press Release – Governments, NGOs, multilateral institutions, companies and individuals pledged $1.5 billion in recovery funding and in-kind services on Monday at the Hurricane Dorian Private Sector Pledging Conference. More than 300 local and international delegates attended the conference at Baha Mar. The pledging section of the conference occurred during the afternoon session. It was […]


Prime Minister Minnis serves Christmas lunch to Defence Force and Police Force Officers posted in Abaco

Prime Minister Minnis serves Christmas lunch to Defence Force and Police Force Officers posted in Abaco

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MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco – Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis thanked officers of the Royal Bahamas Police and Defence forces serving in Abaco for their hard work courage and sacrifice during a Christmas lunch held at the island’s Defence Force Base on Wednesday 25 December. Prime Minister Minnis, his wife, Mrs. Particia Minnis […]


Prime Minister Minnis: Station A part of Government’s energy sector reform strategy to reduce cost of living and transition to cleaner fuel

Prime Minister Minnis: Station A part of Government’s energy sector reform strategy to reduce cost of living and transition to cleaner fuel

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Press Release – Energy sector reform and reducing energy costs are vital to lower the cost of living for Bahamians and the cost of doing business, said Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis on Friday after pushing the button to start Engine One at Bahamas Power and Light’s (BPL) new Station A at the […]


Prime Minister Minnis outlines Government accomplishments

Prime Minister Minnis outlines Government accomplishments

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Press Release – Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis highlighted the accomplishments of his administration since coming to office in May 2017 in a communication to the House of Assembly on Wednesday 11 December. The Prime Minister pointed to advancements in education, stabilizing the economy, billions of dollars in international investments, reducing crime […]


Bostwick-Dean receives Letter of Appointment to the Senate

Bostwick-Dean receives Letter of Appointment to the Senate

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Press Release – Mrs. Janet Lissette Raquel Bostwick-Dean received her Letter of Appointment to the Senate during a ceremony at Government House on Monday 2 December 2019. The appointment follows the resignation of Senate president Mrs. Kay Forbes-Smith who will take up the post of Managing Director of the newly created Bahamas Disaster Reconstruction Authority. […]


Prime Minister Minnis announces leadership of Reconstruction Authority

Prime Minister Minnis announces leadership of Reconstruction Authority

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Press Release – Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis today announced members of the leadership team that will head up The Bahamas Disaster Reconstruction Authority. The Hon. Kay Forbes-Smith will serve as the Authority’s Managing Director. Mr. John-Michael Clarke and Mr. Algernon Cargill will serve as chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the Authority’s […]


Prime Minister Minnis accepts donation for Expo 2020 Dubai Bahamas Pavilion

Prime Minister Minnis accepts donation for Expo 2020 Dubai Bahamas Pavilion

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Press Release – Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis accepted a $100,000 donation from ALIV to help fund The Bahamas’ participation in Dubai Expo 2020, during a check presentation at the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday 28 October. The funds will go toward the development of The Bahamas Pavilion that will […]


Heads of Agreement signed for Baha Mar Phase II

Heads of Agreement signed for Baha Mar Phase II

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$300 million investment to create 1,000 jobs Press Release – The Government of The Bahamas today signed an agreement for the second phase of development of the Baha Mar Resort. The approximately $300 million investment is expected to draw even more visitors to the country and will immediately provide 500 jobs during its construction phase. […]


Prime Minister Minnis recognizes heroes of Hurricane Dorian during 2019 National Honours Investiture ceremony

Prime Minister Minnis recognizes heroes of Hurricane Dorian during 2019 National Honours Investiture ceremony

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Twenty-one Bahamians invested by Governor General for national service, excellence Press Release – Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis recognized the courage and grace of the many Bahamian citizens who put their lives at risk during and in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. The Prime Minister was speaking at the 2019 National Honours […]


Prime Minister Minnis visits feeding center in Freeport on his way to East End settlements

Prime Minister Minnis visits feeding center in Freeport on his way to East End settlements

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Press Release – Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis visited the World Central Kitchen (WCK) feeding center in Freeport on Sunday 6 October before heading to East End Grand Bahama to assess recovery and reconstruction efforts. The feeding center provides three hot meals per day. Nutritionists are on hand to ensure that meals […]


Ministry of Tourism testing Customs and Immigration preclearance of flights in Florida

Ministry of Tourism testing Customs and Immigration preclearance of flights in Florida

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Press Release – The establishment of Bahamas Customs and Immigration preclearance of flights in Florida is being tested by the Ministry of Tourism to improve access to Family Island destinations and diversify tourism centres across The Bahamas, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis said today. The preclearance system was initially put in place […]


China’s Ambassador to The Bahamas pays Courtesy Call on Prime Minister Minnis

China’s Ambassador to The Bahamas pays Courtesy Call on Prime Minister Minnis

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Press Release – Discussions focus on post-Hurricane Dorian recovery and bilateral relations During a courtesy call at the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday, Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas H.E. Huang Qinguo and Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis discussed how the People’s Republic of China may further assist in recovery and […]