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'We fell asleep' over chance of tourism freeze

The Bahamas failed to plan for the possibility of a total tourism shutdown because it was lulled “to sleep” by years of record arrivals and earnings, a former finance minister said yesterday.James Smith, also a former Central Bank governor, told Trib

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OECD tax demands may 'devastate the economy'

The Bahamas “may devastate the economy” if it surrenders too easily to demands from high-tax European nations for a corporate income tax, a former finance minister warned yesterday. James Smith, who held the post during the first Christie administra

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Taxpayer interest bill to jump $50m

Bahamian taxpayers face a $50m post-Dorian hike in debt servicing costs that a former finance minister yesterday described as “very troubling” for fiscal sustainability. James Smith, pictured , who held the post under the first Christie administrati

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Haitian deportations 'hit Dorian rebuilding'

A former finance minister yesterday warned that the speed of Abaco’s post-Dorian reconstruction could be undermined by the government deporting much of the necessary workforce back to Haiti.James Smith, also an ex-Central Bank governor, told Tribune

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'Put everything in the mix' on Dorian fall-out

The Bahamas must explore the removal of protectionist barriers to growth if it is to overcome its bleakest-ever fiscal position, a former finance minister urged yesterday.James Smith, also an ex-Central Bank governor, told Tribune Business this natio

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Dorian likely to wipe out 2019 GDP growth

Hurricane Dorian’s “considerable hit to GDP” will likely cause the Bahamian economy to contract in 2019, a former finance minister saying: “We took a real beating squarely on the chin.”James Smith, who held the post during the 2002-2007 Christie admi

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‘Blow hole in budget’ to fix BPL emergency

A former finance minister yesterday urged the government to “blow a hole in the budget” to end the “national emergency” created by Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) generation crisis.

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Evasion loopholes hitting VAT target, fears ex-minister

A former finance minister yesterday urged the government to examine whether the VAT shortfall had resulted from the introduction of exemptions opening up fraud and tax evasion loopholes.

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Govt missing ‘forest for trees’ on fiscal policy

The government is in danger of “missing the forest for the trees” through its obsession with fiscal numbers and targets, a former finance minister warned yesterday.

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US ‘jumping to conclusions’ on suspect deals reporting

The US was yesterday accused by a former finance minister of “jumping to conclusions” over its assertion that too few suspicious transaction reports (STRs) are filed by Bahamian banks.

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Ex-minister backs corporate tax call

A former finance minister yesterday joined calls for The Bahamas to consider implementing a low-rate corporate tax as a way to shed its long-standing “tax haven” label.

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Ex-minister fearful on $130m spending cut

A former finance minister yesterday warned that the forecast $130m cut in government spending this fiscal year could undermine Bahamian economic growth and job creation.

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Banking industry shrinks by $200bn

Total bank assets in The Bahamas fell by over $200bn during the six-and-a-half years to end-September 2018, amid rising fears yesterday that the sector’s latest reforms are a “death knell”.

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‘False victory’ in blacklist escape

The Bahamas will score a “false victory” if it avoids Europe’s latest “blacklist”, a former finance minister argued yesterday, as it represents another step in the “slow death” of financial services.

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‘Don’t expect to save on clothes after duty cut’

ALTHOUGH the Minnis administration hopes Bahamians benefit from customs duty waivers off clothes and shoes for retailers, former government ministers say businesses have historically failed to pass savings from exemptions to consumers.

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More debt - the legacy of another bailout for Bank of the Bahamas

TRANSFERRING more toxic Bank of the Bahamas loans to Bahamas Resolve will “tremendously” increase this country’s public debt, former Central Bank Governor and Bahamas Resolve Chairman James Smith said yesterday.

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Doing business will cost us more and scare off investors

AS Moody’s prepares to review the Bahamas’ creditworthiness following the Minnis administration’s revelations about the country’s fiscal condition, former Central Bank Governor James Smith warned that a downgrade to ‘junk’ status would raise the cost of borrowing, increase the current costs of debt servicing and potentially scare off investors.

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New warning over bad bank debts

THE chairman of Bahamas Resolve, James Smith, said that the government may have to pay interest costs for bad debts at the Bank of The Bahamas.

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Baha Mar committee pays out 200 cheques

THE Baha Mar Claims Committee has issued about 200 cheques to Bahamian companies owed by the beleaguered resort, Committee Chairman James Smith said yesterday.

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Trump election ‘to have little impact on Bahamas’

ALTHOUGH many Bahamians expressed shock and anger at the results of the November 8 US presidential election, one expert says they should take heart in one fact: Donald Trump’s election won’t have much impact here.

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Slow response by businesses to claim on debts from resort

BAHA Mar’s Claims Committee Chairman James Smith said Bahamian businesses owed money by the resort are responding slower than expected to the call to submit necessary documents in order to receive ex-gratia payments made available by the Export-Import Bank of China.

OECD attacks like ‘unofficial blacklisting’ of the Bahamas

A former finance minister says the recent OECD-inspired media onslaught against the Bahamas is akin to an “unofficial blacklisting” of its financial services industry, describing the situation as “a new form of international colonialism”.

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Smith defends committee over lack of contact with Baha Mar employees

FORMER State Finance Minister James Smith, chairman of the committee overseeing Baha Mar payouts, yesterday defended the work of the committee amid criticism that former resort employees have yet to be contacted regarding money they are owed.

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