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Payment date announced for start of expanded government unemployment assistance

July 1, 2020

Some $48 million has been allocated to finance an expansion of the Government's unemployment assistance programs administered by the National Insurance Board (NIB).

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Finance Minister implores Bahamians to take advantage of assistance as new budget takes effect

July 1, 2020

Tax concessions included in the 2020/21 Annual Budget take effect today, including the duty reductions on construction material and those put in place to stimulate the fishing and agricultural sectors.

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Govt follows global standards for debt reporting and encourages the Opposition to do the same

June 9, 2020

Minister: 'Historically and presently, every jurisdiction across the world uses the concept of net borrowing in any discussion as to how much a government is borrowing. Up to now this has been the standard in The Bahamas and elsewhere. This is a fact that can be independently researched.'

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DPM sets the stage for 'interesting and fruitful' Budget Debate

June 8, 2020

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, K. Peter Turnquest, deivered the opening statement of the 2020/2021 Budget Debate on Monday, June 8, 2020 in the House of Assembly.

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Pleasure vessels now require clearance certificate to leave country

June 8, 2020

The Government has proposed other legislative amendments that will lead to improved governance by strengthening the clarity and administrative application of these laws.

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Administrative amendments to RPT help administer sale of property

June 8, 2020

The Government will make a number of amendments to the Real Property Tax Act, 1969 to promote greater clarity and enhanced administration.

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Monthly and quarterly financials now mandatory for some Govt agencies

June 8, 2020

To support the Government’s goal to strengthen public financial management, the Government will amend the Financial Administration and Audit Act, 2010 (FAA) to require that all Government authorities, companies, and corporations that receive more than 50 percent of their operating budget from the Central Government, produce and submit monthly and quarterly financials.

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Landmark legislation set to fundamentally change how public contracts are awarded

June 1, 2020

The Government tabled landmark legislation last week - The Public Procurement Bill, 2020 - that will be debated in the House of Assembly following the adoption of the FY2020/21 Annual Budget. New rules for procurement will govern how government contracts for goods and services are issued by all public entities once this Bill passes. 

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'The country will rebound and know prosperity again’

June 1, 2020

Unlike the ‘Resilient Bahamas’ plan, which provides solutions for the country in the immediate and short-term, the Economic Recovery Committee (ERC), appointed by Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, is mandated to focus on the country’s long-term economic revival and sustainable development. The Committee is working concurrently with the Government, as budget plans are finalized by Parliament for the new fiscal year. 

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DPM answers media questions at third annual national press conference

May 28, 2020

DPM and Minister of Finance, K. Peter Turnquest, along with Acting Financial Secretary, Marlon Johnson, break down the government's restoration plan for the country at the Annual Budget Press Conference. They also fielded questions from local media on the recent Annual Budget Communication 2020/2021, which was delivered by Turnquest in the House of Assembly on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

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