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Passport Offices Plan For Family Islands

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Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Henfield.

By LEANDRA ROLLE

Tribune Staff Reporter

lrolle@tribunemedia.net

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Darren Henfield said yesterday the government hopes to establish passport offices on several Family Islands that will make it more accessible for residents in those communities to collect the important documents.

“Next week Friday, it is anticipated that the Prime Minister and I, in furtherance of our policy to establish passport offices and make it more accessible for Bahamians all across the country to be able to access and get their passports, we’re going to open an office in George Town, Exuma, which would allow Bahamians or people in Exuma the same amenities as you have in New Providence or as we have in Abaco,” he announced.

“It is also envisioned that in the very near future, we’re going to do the same thing in Mathew Town, Inagua, and somewhere in Long Island. We’re also going to do the same thing in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera.

“We think this is very important. Me, as an island boy, believe it extremely important and as the minister of foreign affairs responsible for passports that I be able to make passports accessible to Family Islanders.”

In 2019, the Passport Office launched the first phase of its electronic services allowing for the renewal of adult e-passports to be done online.

At the time, officials called the move a major milestone for the country as the government seeks to modernise its services to better serve the Bahamian people.

Comments

tribanon 1 month ago

This bozo Henfield can't stamp out the corruption behind passports being illegally issued from the main passport office in Nassau, yet we now see him promoting the issuance of passports from mini-passport offices in the family islands. Give me a break! He's a typical politician only interested in unnecessarily growing the size of his ministry. Where's the money going to come from to do the nonsense he's so glibly proposing here? Doesn't he have many more important things he should be doing right now?

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