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Govt Expects Revenue Drop - But Other Nations Helping

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

By RIEL MAJOR

Tribune Staff Reporter

rmajor@tribunemedia.net

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said he "anticipates revenue to decrease" as a result of Hurricane Dorian, but noted The Bahamas is receiving "a lot of assistance from the international community".

Dr Minnis made the comment at a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday, flanked by United Nations Secretary General António Guterres.

Dr Minnis said: "The Bahamas is comprised of 700 islands and only two of our islands have been affected (by the hurricane), that's Grand Bahama and Abaco.

"Our major economic engine Nassau has not been affected and (is) still open for business. The way we can be assisted by the international community and the world is to continue to come to Nassau."

With The Bahamas being a high-risk country for hurricanes, the prime minister spoke of the importance of improving the country's building codes going forward and making sure structures adhere to best building practices.

"The shanty towns that we have that we know about, you know that those individuals are in danger of being affected by the storm so those are areas that we must aggressively pursue and correct," he said.

"It's essential for individuals to know that they must live in proper accommodations and we will continue to build resilience and improve continuously because the strength of the hurricane was (Category Five) and who knows what's next."

Moving forward, the government's "greatest challenge would be accommodations" for displaced storm victims, Dr Minnis said.

"So, that's what we'll be looking at, temporary accommodations but we must also move to permanent accommodations. It's essential for us, to those individuals that were evacuated here to New Providence, Bahamians are a resilient group of individuals," he noted.

"Abaco especially as they want recommence reconstruction as quickly as possible. In fact they have already started so it's essential for us to mobilise the evacuees back to their island so that they can participate and become a part of that reconstruction effort."

For his part, Mr Guterres said countries like The Bahamas should be able to access financing in the wake of super storms like Dorian.

"In our new era of climate crisis, hurricanes and storms have turbocharged," the UN official said. "They have come with greater intensity and frequency, the direct result of warmer oceans.

"...Concessional financing must be made available to indebted middle-income countries that are vulnerable to extreme weather events and this is something which we have been working hard to make the international community fully support."

He also said: "...It is absolutely essential to create an international consensus that concessional financing needs to be put at the disposal of countries for the reconstruction and for the capacity to do that reconstruction, increasing the resilience of the societies, and of the communities and of the countries to future disasters that inevitably will come."

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Well_mudda_take_sic 1 year ago

Early estimates are that the drop in national revenue will be at least 30%.

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gbgal 1 year ago

Probably more than that! No business open, no VAT payment. No jobs, no NI payments. No imports, no Customs Duties..etc, etc.

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joeblow 1 year ago

The help will soon run out, which is why it is critical that the government quickly repatriates all illegals home. It is grossly unfair to divide limited aid between citizens, legal residents and illegals. It is unsustainable, impractical and just plain wrong!l!

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jamaicaproud 1 year ago

Please know that the rest of the world sends aid for Humans who have been affected and not "legals". You all have a filthy mindset. It's so embedded you all can't even recognize it's folly.

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joeblow 1 year ago

@jamaicaproud After reading many of your posts I can only conclude that you are an idiot. Every country has the RIGHT to deport those within their borders ILLEGALLY (including Jamaica). If illegals are deported, as they should be, then aid will be solely for those here legally (not just citizens, but Jamaicans, Haitians Filipinos etc)) and will go much farther. Can you see the logic there?

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jamaicaproud 1 year ago

Its not even possible for a person with a warped brain, top even determine who is an idiot. Do you think people are going to give and lend money to your country so you can purchase Kerosene in Millions to fly people back to whence some never even came from. When people are in need you provide assistance period. What is idiotic about that? Even in war, there is Geneva convention

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TheMadHatter 1 year ago

"Abaco especially as they want recommence reconstruction as quickly as possible. In fact they have already started so it's essential for us to mobilise the evacuees back to their island so that they can participate and become a part of that reconstruction effort."

REALLY????? And just how did they obtain the building permits so quickly? Permits take months and months to get. Can the good PM list some building permit numbers for us?

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