The Bahamas Today : Prime Minister Perry G. Christie

The Bahamas Today
Prime Minister Perry Gladstone Christie

I have had had the pleasure fo personally knowing our present Prime Minister, Perry Gladstone Christie, for many years. During these years, I have found him to be the same person without wavering, he is people centred, very affable and caring to the core.

Yet he has so many critics; critics that has described him numerous times adversely, some do not even know the man yet they criticize him personally.
Perry G. Christie, has made a great contribution to the development of this country, our home, The Bahamas. He represented us as an athelete, he advocated for us as a young college student/lawyer and socially as a great Junkanoo Artist/Entertainer.

The Perry Christie, that I speak about has been a household fixture in our society even before he ascended to the highest office in the land. His contribution has transformed lives for the better. He is truly a man for all seasons, he is a Bahamian.

His style of leadership, which so many has criticized, is one of inclusion. Perhaps we have been accustomed to having people dictate to us that we dont appreciate when our leader include us in his decision making process. I have read and believe that whenever two or more minds come together additional minds are created. One person simply does not have all the answers to our present problems.

Prime Minister Christie, to me is well on his way to becoming a Statesman. He is busy planning and bringing ideas to like that would be created into long lasting institutions that would benefit present and future Bahamians.
BAMSI, will in years make Andros, one of the most recognized island in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Andros, because of his initiative will become the Educational Centre of The Bahamas and what better recognition Andros desreves because so many of her sons and daughters are advocate of education and higher learning. So many of us are highly educated and have and will continue to contribute to the development in divers areas of our society.

The voice behind the sorely needed and forcefully demanded, National Development Plan, is non other than that of Perry G. Christie. With the establishment of a National Development Plan, the entire Bahamas would be transformed for the better, no questions asked!

The assistance and the establishment of a centre especially for disabled Bahamian Children will be greatly welcomed by those of us who have children that are disadvantaged because of limited resurces applied for their advancement. Again, Prime Minister Christie, whom is the father of a disabled child, Adam Christie, is the voice behind this initiative. I can recall, asking him to please do something for disabled/underprivilidged children and he promised me that such would be the case. This promise was made as we both along with others as we tearfully awaited the sad passing of my dearly beloved friend, John Martin. This is the month that my dear friend passed away two ago, my his soul continue to rest in peace.

In conclusion, I wish to personally, congratulate Prime Minister Christie, for taking the initiative to ensure that The Bahamas will be a much better place because of him and his ideas. To me he is on the threshold of becoming a Statesman.

Lionel F. Evans

The Bahamas Today

Where Are We Heading?

The Bahamas, this beautiful gem of a country that God, has especially created for us like Dr. Myles Munroe, said, “is going to hell”!

I am saddened with the state of affairs within my beautiful country. We are losing so many of our young men to crime and criminal activities that one must wonder in amazement what has gone wrong within this once peaceful and tranquil nation of God fearing people.

A solution to our crime problem must be found and found quickly or we will all perish as a country and as a people.

Our government appears to be more concerned with how many investors can be lured into our country whilst the social fabric which binds us together is being literally ripped to shreds, are we fiddling while Rome burns?

Within the next two years the Bahamian people will go to the polls to elect a new government to guide our country for another five years. However, to date there seems to be no heir apparent within the governing party while the opposition party coming fresh out of a mini convention, has chosen its leader and without a doubt their freshly elected leader will take them into the next general election.

We need a leader that can and will turn this country around. The time has come and gone when our leaders will get up and postulate new ideas and vision. We need applied action. and a leader that has not only a new vision for a new Bahamas, but whom will have fortitude and the guts to get the job done despite being unpopular at times.

Who will the next Prime Minister, of The Bahamas be? Would it be the Hon. Perry G. Christie or Dr. Hubert A. Minnis ? Two years into the general elections and we are still playing the guessing game, while the lives of young Bahamians are being lost daily!

Who will lead the governing Progressive Liberal Party into the next general election, will it be the present Prime Minister ? Will it be Phillip Brave Davis? Will it be Obie Wilchombe? or will it be Fred Mitchell? We already know the Free National Movement’s leader, Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, will lead the FNM into the next general election.

The Democratic National Alliance, under the leadership of Branville Mc Cartney, will probably lead the DNA into the next general election.

Our new Prime Minister must be a man or woman that demands respect but one who also must earn that respect. He or she must be accountable and one whose word can be taken in the affirmative. We don’t need a Prime Minister that merely utters words and make un-kept promises, we need a leader whose words can be taken seriously!

Where are we heading?

It is senseless to create an environment to bring visitors when that environment is not too healthy. Crime is going to kill this beautiful country of ours. Whatever, we are doing to fight crime it is not working. We need more resources, more concrete ideas and more boldness! We must tame this beast before it devours this entire nation and every Bahamian within.

Has the time come, for every right thinking Bahamian to pool our collective voting currency and support that party that we believe can defeat this crime beast. I know you might be saying that I am looking for Utopia, and perhaps you are correct. We need all the help that we can get to save our nation and its people from the crime beast that is destroying the lives of our young men. Remember, that Gandhi, with the message of non-violence attracted over six million of his people to believe in his message and brought and end to British rule over India.

There is still time all is not entirely lost.

Lionel F. Evans

The Bahamas Today

The Bahamas Today, is changing literally right before our very eyes. This is so because presently there are a great mixture of sub- cultures within our main culture.

As we change from one stage of our development to the next, we are mindful that our success as a people will be determined based upon our readiness to embrace the challenges of tomorrow. To embrace the future successfully we need to plan for the future.

I was pleased the our Prime Minister, The Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie, has made it a priority of his to ensure that The Bahamas will have the long awaited National Development Plan. Prime Minister Christie appears to be on the road to becoming a Statesman. His legacy is secured.

I have been an advocate for the architecture and implementation of a National Development Plan from as far back as 1992. The late Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas Sir,Lynden Pindling, and I discussed this topic on several occasions. He was all for it and I must give him credit for his support for such an important plank in our development process as a people and country.

I have resorted to resume my Blog Writing to voice my singular opinion on matters of national concern and hopefully it may help in a small way to engage my Bahamian Brothers and Sisters in national debates and issues of the day.

Below is my submission supporting the reason why the development and implementation of a National Development Plan is vital for the continued development and growth of this beautiful country of ours, which we fondly call, The Bahamas.

The Bahamas
It’s Our Future
” Where are we headed as a Nation”

July 10th past we marked our 41st. year as an independent nation, we have come a long way in a very short time but we could have done more, much, much more.
During our 41 years of existence as an independent nation we have achieve much as a people economically, educationally, culturally , spiritually and yes on the international scene especially through sporting activities.
We have excelled in nearly every aspect of our existence except in one very noticeable area. We have yet to “Empower our People” especially our young people to become business owners and employers instead of merely being wage earners as employees.

During our 41 years, we have made a lot of mistakes and we will continue to make mistakes, however, the majority of the mistakes that we have made and will continue to make will continue to manifest itself in the absence of a National Development Plan.

A responsible mariner will never leave the safe confines of a port until he has devised a navigational plan that will take him safely to the port of his choice, why should we continue to run this country without a plan?
Before we begin to celebrate our 42 second birthday as a nation, I wish to ask this question; where are we headed as a nation?
This is a question of great importance, however, it cannot be answered affirmatively either by the government, the opposition nor the citizenry of The Bahamas.

The real reason why this question cannot be affirmatively answered is because as a nation and a people we do not “know” where we are “going” in the absence of National Development Plan to safely guide us. Right now it appears as though we are building an elite society of haves and haves not and this is not good.

In the absence of having a National Development Plan, as a nation, we would continue to flounder, (despite which party governs us) and stay in step with the old outdated nonsensical belief that true development of a country and a people comes purely from economic development via the building of gigantic tourist attractions such as hotels and other mega business concerns to provide attractions and services for an international client base.

We need income and Tourism and Financial Services, are our present mainstay as they provide the needed funds to sustain us, however, as Bahamians, we need balance!

What about the development of our people? what about their future? what about their worth as human beings? Must we continue to be merely servants in our own land? should we not become part-takers of the real wealth of our nation? Will the wealth of our nation be evenly distributed and not for the taking of our “new elite” group?

As a student of Economics, it is my belief that our future as a nation and as a people must be soundly built upon a strategically planned foundation so that every citizen of The Bahamas has an equal opportunity to develop themselves as human beings and to share in the economic wealth of our nation. To achieve this a National Development Plan is the only viable solution.

We must strive for and achieve balance in our approach to development, where we must include all and sundry and exclude no one in our development process. The advice and ideas should be gleaned from every quarter of our small country so that once such a plan come into being it would be representative of everyone not just merely of a chosen few as is the present method of operation of past and present governments.

Politics is beginning to take charge over everything that we do in this country and this is a terrible thing. We need to start embracing the good in our people and our leaders irrespective of our political persuasion. let us take a page out of Martin Luther King’s book, and begin to judge ourselves by the “Content of our Character” and not by our political affiliation.

To achieve balance and natural growth as a country we desperately need and require the implementation a National Development Plan, a plan that would been carefully crafted to achieve the maximum benefit for present and future generations to come.

I believe that the first important factor in our plan must be to account for the wealth of our nation(our resources). We cannot adequately plan to achieve something if we don’t know what we have and the value of what we have( resources).

Our land is rich in resources but we are just ignorant of the importance of the natural resources that we have. We have come to thing only of silver , gold and oil, yes we are now thinking about oil, are the only resources worth considering.

We have an ocean teeming with all species of fish that are indigenous to our region, we have vegetation that has medicinal values for the controlling and or curing of diseases, we have ideal climate, we have underwater scenery, second to none that has been created by nature especially for us. I can go on and on but don’t let us forget our most valuable resource, our people.

The Bahamas, has some of the world’s most brilliant minds, we are just not afforded the opportunities to show off our talents at home. Here, we still harbour the old colonial mindset that “foreign” is better and local is “inferior”.

Whenever, we have a major problem, an idea or a development in mind the first thing comes to the minds of those who lead us, is that, we need a “Consultant’, and what they in turn do? They hire a “foreign” consultant even without first seeking and then disqualifying a Bahamian. Even when a Bahamian Consultant is hired he or she is tied to an international business entity deep down it is merely a front. This is called “window dressing”.

Yes there are times when we will require “foreign” advice but we need to start developing our own advisors. We will forever be depending upon outside advice to assist with the development of our country. The development of The Bahamas should be the responsibility of Bahamians all and sundry.

We have Cuba to the south of us that we look upon as a competitor with regards to tourism, while we should look at Cuba as a trade partner.


We also make remarks that we would rue the day when Cuba opens up again and regain it’s status of being the tourist mecca in the region. We should have plans in place to capitalize on Cuba when it indeed opens up.
Yes we have wealth in many natural forms, but the jackpot question is, do we have the expertise to fully exploit these resources for our benefit as a nation and people?

The answer is an astounding no! Why? because our educational system has been flawed for far too many years. By flawed I mean that we expend millions of dollars for scholarships on an annual basis but what are we receiving in return? What are the bulk of the disciplines that our scholarship recipients are desirous towards? Law, Medicine and Accounting! This is truly a great imbalance when it comes to the development our country.

If we had a National Development Plan, we would have been in better position to ensure that we train Bahamians on a balanced scale and place emphasis on areas of priority through a quota system for the awarding of government scholarships.

Thereby forever cultivating bright Bahamian minds that ruefully necessary for the adequacy of gainful employment and for national leadership opportunities that is essential to our nation and people successfully into the unknown future.

The absence of a National Development Plan, contributes to the influx of foreign labour for specialized jobs such as oil exploration, aragonite dredging etc. They come in as consultants and are enumerated handsomely, fully trained Bahamians should be first in line for these jobs.

The absence of a National Development Plan, contributes to the social and economic decay in our society, where crime is increasing at an increasing rate.

With a National Development Plan, the inclusion of a mandatory national service program as espoused by the late Sir Lynden, (my mentor)might have become a reality and perhaps this would have contributed to less crime as well as more opportunities for Bahamians.

The absence of a National Development Plan, contributes to what I call a “Brain Drain”, young qualified Bahamians in disciplines other than those that I have already cited, are not coming home because their knowledge and experience are not required and if they find are successful in finding a niche employment opportunity, then the pay is substandard at best, we simply do not pay Bahamians for our true worth as employees.

Presently, it appears that the only things that are of urgent concern are those things that are of a political nature and the back and forth ranting’s, ravings and bashings in Parliament for “Brownie Points”, at the nation’s development expense.

We need to seriously take into account the future of this country of ours which is being held in trust by us for our future generations. We seem to be casting a blind eye to the true concerns of our country.
People are hurting badly because our leaders are not paying attention to the plight of our citizens, we are too busy paying attention to special interest instead of our people and national interest.

I believe that if we had a National Development Plan, our unemployment rate would not be as high as it is presently because there would have been a broader base for employment opportunities.
Are we focusing too much on Tourism and Banking? perhaps not but then again we are neglecting other vital areas like fishing, farming, entrepreneurial opportunities etc.

The Government, the Opposition and the Press has a vital role in the development of this country but here or late these ambassadors for the future success, development and safety of our nation and people seems to be at war with each other.

I wish to state categorically that we need a National Development Plan; we have talent in this country but we need to find and catalogue and utilize out who has what to offer for the good of all and sundry.

Let us create a national data base to catalogue our talent citizens no matter where they are presently residing in this world, they are Bahamians and they should be sought after first and foremost as architects of our National Development Plan, such a significant undertaking should not be left in the hands of foreign consultants.

We need to produce a new brand/ breed of leaders that are in themselves visionaries and not merely seekers of instant wealth and authors of lofty ideas and ideal only while debating in Parliament. But those who will be movers and shakers on the ground inside and outside of Parliament.

As a people we need and demand that we be led by leaders with brilliant mind and whom are confident and selfless and could be recalled if they do not live up to our expectations of them. With a National Development Plan all these matters should be addressed.

In conclusion, we as a people should refrain from bashing our leaders but strive to support them for they have done and are doing great work on our behalf.

To the present government, I encourage you to do what is right for The Bahamas without fear of being intimidated internally or externally or accused adversely or unjustly; just do your best in what you believe is the best course to take as you guide us to a brighter future.

Remember that it is the people that gave you the job to govern on our behalf, do the people’s job and don’t fall victim to the plethora of authorities on government that appear to sprang up out of their proverbial sleep like Rip Van Winkle overnight. If you fail to do the people’s job, then the people has a right to hire new employees for the ensuing term of governance.

To the opposition, come up with concrete plans that you have envisioned to be sound and necessary to propel this nation to greater heights of success. Stop squandering your limited currency on reactionary measures that is in itself counter productive and a well seasoned recipe for imminent failure.

Conduct your affairs as a responsible entity that is capable of leading this country forward if given the chance. You have a awesome responsibility as the Official Opposition, to ensure that the people’s interest always comes first and that the people’s monies lodged in our Consolidated Fund is accounted for by the government.

Ant to the “Fourth Estate”, you are the Vanguard of our nation, you are there to ensure that the government and the opposition does their respective jobs.

I say to you, please be fair in your reporting, it is a travesty and a mockery of your position in our society, as we build a bridge to the future, if you have or is perceived to have hidden agendas while reporting the state of our affairs as a nation and people.

The Hon. Perry G. Christie, Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham and the Father our The Nation, the late Sir Lynden O. Pindling, has contributed so much on our behalf, let us remember them always and be thankful that we had had these men to step up to the plate and batted for our every cause in the development of this great country of ours, even while neglecting their respective families.

They should be commended for their respective contributions to our nation building process. We have a beautiful country with beautiful people, let us do our endeavor to preserve this tranquil land for our present and future generations to enjoy and prosper in.

Bahamians it is time for us to unite for a common cause, to stop crime, for the economic and social empowerment of our people and a balanced development of this great country of ours.
GOD Bless The Bahamas!

Lionel F. Evans
A proud citizen of The Bahamas.

Bahamas Business Consultant

Bahamas Investment

The Mission of Bahamas Business Consultancy Services is to assist Domestic and Foreign Investors to set up businesses in The Bahamas.

How would this be achieved?

Bahamas Business Consultancy Services would provide expert business start up assistance by:

  • Identifying niche markets in The Bahamas.
  • Performing Business Analysis to identify what type of business in the niche markets stands the best chance to be successful.
  • Analyzing Marketing channels that would give these businesses the highest level of exposure.
  • Assist Foreign Investors to reduce start up cost by performing most of the ground work that is required before approvals are granted by The Bahamas Government.
  • Assist existing businesses to achieve profitability levels by examining their existing internal operational machinery to identify their strengths and weaknesses and to take immediate corrective measures to correct their weak areas.

Bahamas Business Consultancy Services main areas of practice would be:

  • Preparing Business Plans
  • Preparing Marketing Plans
  • Conducting Business Analysis
  • Fraud Prevention Assistance
  • Internal Control Assistance
  • Compliance Assistance
  • E-Commerce Assistance
  • Website Design
  • Staff Training

We have the expertise, academic qualification and experience in government, business and private industry to deliver competent services in the cited areas and beyond. Our principle consultant has a vast expanse of knowledge in business, government, academia and the private industry.

Our Lead consultant has had had the opportunity to assist with the formation of one of the Bahamas leading theme park tourist attraction, he has managed a leading hotel and time share development, he has held a very senior position in The Bahamas Government Civil Service, has lectured at the College of The Bahamas in Business, Marketing and Economics subjects.

 He holds the following academic qualifications, LLB Law Degree, MBA in Business and Management and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Economics and is a Webmaster. He can be contacted at ellion@coralwave.com and by telephone at 242-676-1179 or by cell phone at 242-423-9828.

The Bahamas Hotel Encouragement Act

How To Obtain Benefits Under the Act

For the benefits under the Act to be realized an individual or company must make application to The Permanent Secretary, Office of The Prime Minister.

Each application will be considered upon its own merit,therefore it is very important that an investor take the following steps in order to comply with specific requirements of the Act.

The following steps need not be done in the presented order, however, it is recommended simultaneously, the steps are:

  • Apply to the Office of The Prime Minister to enter into an agreement under the Act.
  • The proposal should be in the form of a formal letter to the Ministry, addressed to the Permanent Secretary .
  • This letter will be considered as a proposal to enter into an agreement with the Government.It should also contain the item and cost of the entire project, and for those which the investor expects customs exemption.
  • Submit plans to the Department of Physical planning of the Ministry of Works to obtain an Approval in Principle.
  • Obtain a building permit
  • The Building Permit must be obtained from the Ministry of Works which will review the plans and provide the permit once it meets their specifications.This proccdure applies to new hotels as well as those that is being rehabilitated or renovated.
  • These plans will then be discussed with the Ministry of Works and the Ministry of Health by the Office of The Prime Minister to determine if an approval will be granted.

Please contact Evans Business Consultant Services for more in dept details at 242-676-1179 or by email at ellion@coralwave.com.

The Bahamas Hotel Encouragement Act

Benefits (Incentives) Available to Investors in The Bahamas

An investor that is desirous of investing in The Bahamas by constructing and operation a hotel will qualify for the following:

* The right to Customs Duty Exemption

Exemption from the payment of customs duties in respect of all the required materials that is necessary for the construction, equipping and the furnishing of a new hotel in order for that facility to be open for business.

These benefits are also allowed for the renovating, re-equipping and the extension of an existing hotel operation or for one that did not come into existence under the Act.

*Right to Import Construction Plant

This concession extends the right to import the construction plant, which is inclusive of  machinery, free of duty on a Customs bond, with the obligation to re-export it by a given date.

*Tax Exemptions

A ten-year exemption from Real Property Tax with a minimum taxation per bedroom of $20.00 beginning in the eleventh year until a twenty year period occurs starting from the date that the hotel was opened.

A twenty year exemption from direct taxation on hotel earnings is granted.

*Other Concessions

The same restrictions, regulations or conditions which are applied to one hotel will be applied to other hotels,this levels the playing field.

All matters regarding hotel the type of hotel and location must meet the requirements that has been established by The Bahamas Government.

For further inquiry please contact us at Evans Business Consulting Services at 242-676-3223 or by email at ellion@coralwave.com. How To Obtain These Benefits will be the topic of our next blog.