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New legislation tackles barriers to business

Aug. 4, 2021

The Government of The Bahamas recently enacted the most progressive procurement legislation in the entire Caribbean region, and is proud of the steps being taken to implement the new provisions starting on September 1. While the Ministry of Finance acknowledges the 2021 Investment Climate report issued by the US State Department –the investor community can be reassured that this Government has not only taken concrete steps to improve the process, but the new Public Procurement Act (2021), is now a standard bearer of modern, progressive procurement standards.

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New Customs processing fee temporarily suspended

July 27, 2021

The Government has temporarily suspended the implementation of a Customs processing fee, approved during the 2021/22 budget exercise to allow for additional training and customer education.

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Bahamian FDI receipts lead global counterparts despite global pandemic

July 14, 2021

The Bahamas demonstrated the strongest level of Foreign Domestic Investment (FDI) receipts among Small Island Development States (SIDS) during what has been described the worst global economic downturn in nearly 100 years. The United Nations Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released its annual World Investment Report 2021 on June 21, reporting on global and regional FDI trends for the 2020 calendar year. 

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Changes at Ministry of Finance Signal Debt Management Act Now in Effect

July 8, 2021

The Ministry of Finance published its first Annual Borrowing Plan (ABP) in keeping with new guidelines set by the Public Debt Management Act, 2021, passed by Parliament in March. The new legislation puts teeth behind the government’s commitment to fiscal accountability, and to increasing transparency and borrowing predictability in debt operations.

     

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Small businesses capture larger share of the economic pie

June 20, 2021

The Minnis administration’s commitment to investing in private sector growth has been exhibiting positive results as the Ministry of Finance reports a 58% increase in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) between 2017 and 2020.

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ACCELERATING RECOVERY: FROM RESTORATION TO GROWTH

June 17, 2021

2021/22 Annual Budget Press Conference Remarks

Presented By

SENATOR THE HONOURABLE J. KWASI THOMPSON MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE

THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2021

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New budget to focus on continuing support and accelerating economic growth

May 25, 2021

On May 26, 2021, the government will present its 2021/2022 Budget Communication outlining new fiscal and economic measures that build upon the successes of the Resilient Bahamas Plan presented last year.

As part of its ongoing public education campaign, the Ministry of Finance will produce, alongside traditional budget publications, several supporting documents and visual tools to simplify the budget and improve public accessibility to understanding otherwise technical budget information. The Ministry invites the public to follow its social media pages and subscribe to its mailing list to receive useful aids that will break down the features of the 2021 …

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Revenue uptick continues as economy slowly opens

May 5, 2021

Third quarter fiscal results confirmed that the Bahamian economy, although still below pre- crisis performance, is steadily progressing along the path of recovery. The positive impact of the gradual relaxation of health and safety restrictions on domestic businesses was evidenced in improved revenue receipts, with aggregate revenue collection through the nine months review period positioning at nearly 70 percent of the annual budget.

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Appointment Dates set for New Financial Legislation

April 9, 2021

By this summer, the four new Acts recently passed by Parliament will come into effect. The new legislation will modernize and transform public finance, procurement, and statistical operations within The Bahamas. The Public Finance Management Act, Public Debt Management Act, and the Statistics Act will come into effect on July 1, 2021; and the Public Procurement Act on September 1, 2021.

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The Bahamas Removed from the French List of Non-Cooperative States and Territories in Tax Matters.

March 8, 2021

The Government of France has removed The Bahamas from the French list of non-cooperative states and territories in tax matters. The list, which is updated annually by the French Ministry of Economics and Finance, was published in the Official Diary of the French Republic on March 4.

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