January 18, 2021
The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the Prime Minister’s Business Outlook address for 2021:
“Our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, was one of the first to acknowledge the harsh economic realities brought on by the global pandemic. And as the deadly virus rages out of control around the world, we have avoided the worst of what other countries are facing because of his strong leadership.
“The Prime Minister has implemented safety protocols developed with healthcare experts. These efforts are saving lives. The progress we are making offers hope that we will be able to put this virus behind us at some point this year.
“The previous Christie Administration made many promises and spoke of innumerable plans they never followed through with. The Prime Minister’s address showed that while the global pandemic has adversely impacted our people and economy, his administration still has a plan to move the country forward. From acceleration of the Sovereign Wealth Fund, to developing public-private partnerships, to much-needed infrastructure projects, the Prime Minister is building on the solid foundation laid before unprecedented crises hit our country.
“He also noted his administration will soon reveal the beta pilot of its one-stop-shop e-Government platform that will allow citizens to renew driver’s licenses, attain copies of birth, death and marriage certificates, and renew adult passports online.
“No one could have predicted the hardships the global pandemic caused last year. However, with preparations underway to get the country ready for the arrival of vaccines when they are available, and current safety protocols working, we can look to 2021 as a year of hope.
“So while the woeful PLP remains busy attempting to score cheap political points during a global crisis, Prime Minister Minnis will keep working with his team. They are focused on saving lives and honoring their promises to develop our country and grow the economy to provide Bahamians the opportunities they deserve.”