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Revenue up by $92 million in 6-months report

Jan. 31, 2020

Government revenue shows strong performance in first 6-months, based on provisional data from the latest budget performance report. Compared to the same period last year, the Government took in $91.8 million in additional revenue, primarily from tax receipts, despite the loss in collections from the islands affected by Hurricane Dorian. However, the initial relief and restoration efforts following the Hurricane had a significant impact on the overall performance, leading to a marginal widening in the fiscal deficit. 

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Govt outlines new budget for hurricane response

Jan. 30, 2020

Hurricane Dorian, the second strongest storm to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean, had a catastrophic impact like nothing The Bahamas has ever seen before. Although the devastation caused by the monster storm was concentrated in the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, its broader socio-economic severity rattled the very core of the nation and its people. As part of the Government's response, The Hon. K. Peter Turnquest Deputy Prime Minister and Minster of Finance presented a Supplementary Budget Statement in the House of Assembly on January 29, 2020, explaining the budgetary impact of Hurricane Dorian and the funding requirements ...

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Gov publishes 2019 Fiscal Strategy Report outlining macroeconomic and fiscal outlook

Nov. 20, 2019

On the heels of the strongest and most destructive storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, which, in early September 2019, decimated parts of the northern Bahamas, the Government announced plans to adjust its budget and fiscal targets for the current fiscal year and its medium-term fiscal plan in the House of Assembly earlier today. 

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Parliament approves new cruising and fishing fees for visiting boaters in The Bahamas

Nov. 12, 2019

Starting in the New Year, fees for pleasure vessels in The Bahamas will increase based on a new pro-rated scale that takes into consideration the size of each boat. All boaters entering The Bahamas are required to pay an entry fee based on the Customs Management (Amendment) Regulations, 2019, passed by Parliament earlier this year. The fee covers a cruising permit, fishing permit, and the departure tax for up to three individuals.

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'Dorian' impact to trigger change of plan for annual budget and fiscal targets

Oct. 31, 2019

Preliminary estimates in the latest budget performance report show continued improvement in the fiscal deficit during the first quarter (Q1) of the fiscal year. Although the Government has plans to revise its fiscal estimates moving forward, as a result of Hurricane Dorian, the budget performance in the first quarter is further proof that the commitment to fiscal prudence prior to Hurricane Dorian has placed the government in a better position to manage the fiscal impact. 

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Government meets deficit target for fiscal year 2018/19

Aug. 30, 2019

Last fiscal year (FY2018/19), the Government recorded a deficit of $222.4 million, or 1.7% of GDP, marking the lowest deficit and fiscal ratio achieved by any Administration in The Bahamas in nearly10 years.It is also the first time since FY2012/13 that any Government has met its deficit target. The Ministry of Finance published the latest provisional fiscal data in the Fourth Quarter Report on Budgetary Performance for FY2018/19.

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Overall allocation to Office of the Prime Minister reduced in 2019/20 Budget

June 20, 2019

The overall 2019/20 Budget allocation for the Office of the Prime Minister has been reduced, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis pointed out during his contribution to the budget debate on Wednesday 19 June.

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Government embarks on Preschool to University free education strategy

June 19, 2019

The Minnis administration is making one of the greatest investments in education in Bahamian history with the implementation of a preschool to university free education strategy, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis said on Wednesday in his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget debate.

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Land reform initiative to improve access to Crown Land leases and grants

June 19, 2019

More Bahamians are expected to have greater access to land through a land reform initiative that includes the modernization of the Department of Lands and Surveys and the elimination of taxes on land transfers to immediate family members, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis announced on Wednesday during his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget debate.

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