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THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS BY ELCOTT COLEBY

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The Bahamas Parliament met on Wednesday, the 18th May to table the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) Bill 2016 and to debate and pass amendments to the Pensions Act for public servants. 

The Hon. D. Shane Gibson, Minister of Labour, National Insurance and the Public Service led and wrapped up debate on the amended Pensions Bill that will allow the survivors of public officers to access emoluments, pensions and gratuities up to a ceiling owed to their deceased loved ones who would have died in office. The amendments were unanimously passed in the House on Wednesday evening. 

Tourism Minister the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe appealed to the humanity of his parliamentary colleagues to see their way to ensure that parliamentarians have adequate pension and health insurance after they would have served their country in that honourable place. He told colleagues that too many parliamentarians had fallen on hard times after retirement and upon suffering illness, could not afford to access proper health care. He believed that parliamentarians should be allowed to continue their health insurance upon retirement from parliament. READ MORE…