Accelerate taxation system reforms to reduce dependence on border taxes and broaden the tax base Establish a Consumer Protection Agency Complete the process of accession to the World Trade Organization, providing for the full integration of our economy into the international trading system under the most favourable terms possible. The two most important sectors of our economy in terms of job creation and business opportunity for Bahamians - tourism and nancial services have always been and remain heavily dependent on FDI. The FNM supports and encourages international investment in our economy under clear, transparent and favourable conditions for Bahamians. Successive FNM Administrations have delineated, published and implemented clear national investment policies, and enacted related legislative frameworks to regulate business and investment in our economy. During this term in oce, the FNM reviewed and amended our National Investment Policy to attract those investors who have access to new technologies, capital, processes, products, organizational and management skills, and are able to open new markets and marketing channels for Bahamian goods and services.

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Last Thursday night, before thousands of jubilant supporters who converged at R. It places a heavy focus on youth development, national volunteering, business expansion and economic development of the Family Islands. However, the party asserted that it had been releasing critical components of Our Plan, such as its crime fighting platform Project Safe Bahamas and a mortgage relief scheme for homeowners facing foreclosure, over the past several months. While this is by no means an exhaustive look at Manifesto , I have highlighted a few areas which should be of concern to voters.

Crime In no other area has this administration faced more criticism and backlash than its crime fighting strategy. It is not surprising then that the fight against crime is listed as the main concern of the next FNM administration. Low visibility is a common complaint from many in society who feel that officers spend too much time in their squad rooms and not enough time patrolling known criminal hot spots and neighborhoods which have become targets for housebreakers and armed robbers.

The FNM said during its next term in office, it will boost the ranks of the Royal Bahamas Police Force by officers; require officers to spend half of their weekly shifts working the beat; and require police to spend as much time on the streets at night as they do in the daytime. The FNM also said it will marry community policing with modern technology to increase the predictive capability of the police force and expand closed circuit television to assist in crime prevention and criminal detection.

The FNM also says it will require district constables to hold monthly meetings in their areas to keep residents aware of crimes committed in their communities. While placing more police on the streets and beefing up the command of the RBPF may put some residents at ease and catch a few criminals in the act, it will do nothing to root out the spirit of lawlessness, disorder and general disregard for human life that so many in our society are afflicted with.

Focusing on at-risk youth, instilling positive values, education and affirmative life skills are the only long-term solution to the crisis our country is faced with. One such policy is identifying troubled youth when they display anti-social or violent behavior in the school system.

Education Under its education platform, the FNM promised to ensure that every child is adequately numerate and literate before he or she leaves the third grade. The manifesto says the FNM will create a mandatory work experience program if elected for another term, which will ensure that all high school seniors complete a minimum number of apprenticeship hours before being allowed to graduate. The FNM also plans to place a heavier focus on skills training by expanding technical and vocational skills training offered at public high schools and increasing the budget allocation to the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute BTVI.

The next FNM administration also plans to bolster programs at BTVI so that it can certify skills levels and standards for Bahamians trained in construction, plumbing, masonry, electrical work, etc. Jobs Another key issue in this election will be job creation. The unemployment rate for young people was 34 percent and the unemployment rate in Grand Bahama stood at Unemployment and crime go hand in hand and in order to stem the level of violence and theft on our streets, the government must focus on job creation.

In order to stimulate job creation, a responsible government must look out for small businesses and create grants and stipends which allow them to remain afloat and keep people employed.

In its manifesto, the FNM said it will foster small and medium business development by giving more incentives to the manufacturing and industrial sectors; it will promote and encourage small resorts and bonefishing lodges that are Bahamian owned; and give incentives to entrepreneurs to open up shops in the Family Islands and create employment in those communities.

If re-elected, the FNM says it will also offer a one-time apprenticeship financial incentive to manufacturers for each apprentice they take on. Tax reform Although tax reform is noted in the manifesto under its plans to modernize the economy, just how the FNM will address the issue if re-elected is not made clear.

Financial analysts have long maintained that the country has to move away from its heavily customs based tax regime to another taxation system which makes us more competitive in the global trade market. Tax reform is also needed so that this country can fully comply with international trade agreements such as the one signed with the World Trade Organization. Vote wisely Bahamians are expected to turn up at the polls in record numbers to vote in a new government.

This election cycle there are many choices. Three parties are fielding 38 candidates each and there are a handful of independents and fringe party members all hoping to be elected to Parliament come May 7. In New Providence, it is now impossible to avoid the billboards and posters with the smiling faces of political hopefuls which crowd every corner, or to ignore the political ads filled with promises and election pledges which play every few minutes on the radio and television.

In between the gibes, wisecracks and blame laying which are thrown about at political rallies are slivers of the real issues that will affect this country for the next five years and beyond.

The concerned voter, and every Bahamian interested in the future of this country, should make an informed choice based on the policies and promises each party and candidate has made on the campaign trail, along with their records in office. The discerning voter should decipher the grandiose promises from the probable initiatives that can be implemented over a five-year period before he or she makes a choice.


Manifesto 2012: The FNM’s new plan

Legal and illegal immigration fnm The well-known song reminds us: This land is your land. During their first years in office our opponents set up several important national institutions. Yet, the promise to our country was jeopardised and the covenant between the Bahamian people and their government came dangerously close to the breaking point in the years after independence. Sadly, the Party that had fought for Majority Rule in order to empower the disenfranchised and address the privilege of the few became the party of perquisites and victimisation, and studiously refused to yield on an essential ingredient of democracy — freedom of the airwaves. Their tacit support of lawlessness and their toleration of the drug culture laid the foundation for the climate of violence which today haunts our country.


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