Merchant Shipping Bill Contribution | Hon. JoBeth Coleby-Davis

The new Merchant Shipping Bill, (“the Bill”) seeks to continue to provide for:

• the registration of Bahamian ships;
• the propriety interests in ships
• the training, certification, and watchkeeping relating to seafarers,
• the conditions of employment of seafarers and the health and well-being of seafarers on board a ship;
• the prevention of collisions and the safety of navigation;
• the safety of cargoes including transhipment activities;
• the prevention of pollution;
• maritime safety and security;
• the liability of ship owners; and
• Investigations into marine casualties.

Further the Bill retains and updates the requirements for the regulation and development of Merchant Shipping and related services. The provisions of the Limitation of Liability Act will be incorporated into this new Bill. Accordingly, the new Bill will bring together Acts of Parliament in a single, comprehensive Act which embraces the subject matter of the enactments.

AN UPDATE ON COVID-19 IN THE BAHAMAS | Hon. Dr. Micheal R. Darville

After having dominated our lives for almost two years, there is no question that Bahamians everywhere are growing weary in the battle against COVID-19 and are looking forward to bigger and better prospects and achievements from this new day government. They can rest assured that we all are working hard and steadily heading in the right direction. However, when we think we are done with the COVID 19 pandemic, new mutated variants pop up proving that the pandemic is not done with us.

Contribution to The House of Assembly on The Supplementary Budget | Hon. JoBeth Coleby-Davis

COMMUNICATIONin the house of assembly      BY THE HONOURABLE JOBETH COLEBY-DAVIS, MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR ELIZABETH AND MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND HOUSING WEDNESDAY, 1st DECEMBER, 2021 Madam Speaker, I rise today on behalf of the Elizabeth constituency in support of the 2021-2022 Supplementary budget – the first budget of this New Day government. This budget represents […]


VALUE ADDED TAX (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL, 2021Presented to the House of Assembly   By THE HONOURABLE PHILIP DAVIS, QC, MPPRIME MINISTER  &  MINISTER OF FINANCE MONDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2021                                                  I.          Introduction             Madam Speaker:  I stand here today to open the debate on the FY2021/22 Supplementary Budget (Appropriation Bills and VAT Amendment […]

Brave’s New PLP Team Ready to Usher in a New Day in The Bahamas

Join us at 8pm this Friday, the 27th of August 2021, as I introduce our dynamic candidates, a team of community leaders and change-makers who are ready to make a difference from day one. And we’ll also release our Blueprint for Change, a vision for ending the crisis and building a better tomorrow.  The country […]


1.          INTRODUCTION Mr. Speaker: It is always an honour to rise in this House as the representative of the excellent people of Cat Island, San Salvador and Rum Cay.  They have been through so much lately,  and unfortunately they are not alone in their suffering.  Mr. Speaker: Outside of this House of Assembly, you […]

On power outages on Cat Island

I received numerous complaints from both the business community and residents alike about the number of recent power outages on Cat Island. Those affected describe the power supply as ‘unreliable’ and ‘erratic’, causing much inconvenience and negatively impacting businesses – especially those that support the local tourism industry that is slowly recovering in the face […]