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This was one of the key messages from this week's Nassau Conference which saw the sector come together to discuss strategies for future growth.

Delivering the keynote address at the Official Opening Ceremony of the Department of Local Government’s Leadership Training Conference earlier in the week, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said the government has a responsibility to ensure that the Family Islands are platforms for development by investing in infrastructure and other public amenities.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest attended the 7th Annual Consultation Meetings with Caribbean Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank and participated in a panel discussion led by Sir Richard Branson.

Caribbean Community leaders discussed a number of topical issues ranging from disaster management, mitigation and recovery to mandatory evacuations for regional citizens during natural disasters during the two days of the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community that ended yesterday.

“During the reporting period,” the State Department said, “the government screened 49 potential trafficking victims – 41 adult females and seven adult males – and one potential child victim.

Authorities identified three sex trafficking victims – all foreign nationals, one child and two adults – and referred them for appropriate care and assistance, including housing and medical, psychological, legal, immigration, and reintegration assistance.” The cost of trafficking victims’ care was ,000.

Along with people involved in prostitution and exotic dancing, the report said stateless children who are born in the country to foreign parents but do not automatically receive citizenship, are also vulnerable.

State Department released its global report on human trafficking yesterday, saying the Bahamas “fully meets the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.” The report said migrant workers from Haiti, Jamaica, Colombia and Venezuela are among the vulnerable populations, and although they arrive voluntarily to this country, they could be “recruited or deceived by traffickers who lure” them with “fraudulent recruitment practices, such as false promises of employment”.

During Caribbean Week 2017 to be held in New York next month, the Caribbean Tourism Organization will single out industry leaders for special accolades, in addition to the presentation of media awards, during its annual Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon.

The Bahamas recently hosted the renowned Hero World Challenge golf tournament at the Albany Resort on New Providence–one of many sporting events The Bahamas is bringing to the world. The Caribbean region was well represented at the EU-CELAC Summit 2015 in Brussels last week where over 500 delegates from Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean region convened under the theme “Promoting inclusive and sustainable growth by enhancing the role of small and medium sized enterprises”.

Fort Charlotte has been transformed for the second annual Rum Bahamas Festival.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest brought remarks at the Caribbean Association of Banks' 45th Annual General Meeting and Conference, October 31, 2018. Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration Brent Symonette and Attorney General Carl Bethel took part in the Association of International Bank & Trust Companies in The Bahamas' Financial Services Boot Camp held on the sidelines of the Nassau Conference at the Baha Mar Convention Centre last week.

Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson launched the 2nd annual Grand Bahama Tech Summit last week, noting that the focus of the event will be on showcasing education programmes and future developments.

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