View From Afar: New Year Resolutions


John Issa


IT is human nature to hope that the new year will be better than the old year. However, in order to have a better chance of this being so, it is always useful not just to hope but to take those actions which would make it more likely to happen.

With this in mind, this column will be presumptious and suggest some new year resolutions which The Bahamas could adopt in order to MAKE IT BETTER IN THE BAHAMAS.

  1. Invest more in the development and schooling of our youth.

  2. Speedly introduce an access to information act in order to bring full transparancy to public affairs.

  3. Make all Bahamians equal under the law.

  4. Urgently change the exchange control rules so that the hundreds of millions of foreign assets hidden by Bahamians oveseas will be able to be legally invested at home for the benefit of themselves and the country as a whole.

  5. Remove all discretionary considerations in the issuing of business liscences to Bahamians.

  6. Pass legislation to encourage competition to bring down the cost of living.

I could go on and on, however, i think the six resolutions will keep us pretty busy.

A happy new year to all.


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