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Lennox Paton | Bahamas | 28 Jul 2021

The Bahamas' ship registry and covid-19

As the world transitions into a post-pandemic phase, the Bahamian shipping industry and the Bahamas Maritime Authority are resilient, optimistic and committed to a positive future for The Bahamas' ship registry. The new Bahamas Merchant Shipping Act is also expected to introduce a more updated and comprehensive scheme for the registration and regulation of Bahamian registered vessels.
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Lennox Paton | Bahamas | 22 Jul 2021

The Bahamas' ship registry and covid-19

As the world transitions into a post-pandemic phase, the Bahamian shipping industry and the Bahamas Maritime Authority are resilient, optimistic and committed to a positive future for The Bahamas' ship registry. The new Bahamas Merchant Shipping Act is also expected to introduce a more updated and comprehensive scheme for the registration and regulation of Bahamian registered vessels.
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HarleyJames | Bahamas | 14 Jul 2021

Gaining management of sovereign airspace

After several decades of discussions between the governments of The Bahamas and US Federal Aviation Administration, the two countries have signed an air navigation services agreement, thereby transferring the management of The Bahamas' sovereign airspace to The Bahamas for the first time. Prior to the agreement, the United States and Cuba managed and controlled The Bahamas' airspace. The......
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Lennox Paton | Bahamas | 10 Jun 2021

Public Procurement Act 2021: obtaining government contracts

The government has been criticised both locally and internationally in relation to the transparency and procedure surrounding the procurement of government contracts. Partly as a result of this criticism, the government has enacted the Public Procurement Act 2021, which seeks to modernise the government's use of public funds in its procurement process and add a heightened level of transparency.
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HarleyJames | Bahamas | 14 Apr 2021

Aviation 2020: year in review

In 2020 the Civil Aviation Authority Bahamas made several important advances despite the COVID-19 pandemic, including restoring and boosting air travel to, from and within The Bahamas, presenting three pieces of legislation to Parliament and addressing other ongoing challenges. These developments will place the country on a strong footing as it emerges from the pandemic.
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Lennox Paton | Bahamas | 1 Apr 2021

Homeowners Protection Act – time to revisit

The Homeowners Protection Act was designed to provide meaningful protection to homeowners by ensuring a true and proper discourse between borrowers and financial institutions and will likely become the epicentre of the mortgage market. However, the act has failed to achieve the balance that it sought to accomplish and is in dire need of reform.
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Lennox Paton | Bahamas | 19 Mar 2021

Real Property Tax Forgiveness Programme 2021: overview

The prime minister recently announced a Real Property Tax Forgiveness Programme which will provide waivers to Bahamian and non-Bahamian property owners in The Bahamas who are in arrears. The programme is aimed at collecting outstanding property taxes in order to bring persons into compliance and increase government revenue. It will also assist in easing the financial burden on property owners......
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HarleyJames | Bahamas | 27 Jan 2021

Dawning of a new age: proposed legislation shapes future of aviation

The introduction of three new bills will herald the dawning of a new age in aviation in The Bahamas and position the jurisdiction to attain the international recognition that it deserves. These bills – the Civil Aviation Bill, the Civil Aviation Authority Bill and the Air Navigation Services Authority Bill – address the issues arising from, and remedy the defects found in, the 2017......
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Lennox Paton | Bahamas | 21 Jan 2021

CESRA: economic substance reporting deadline extension

The Commercial Entities Substance Requirements Act (CESRA) 2018 requires all legal entities registered in The Bahamas to comply with economic substance reporting by submitting an annual filing to the minister of finance. Economic substance reporting under CESRA must be completed within nine months of the entity's fiscal year end; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline in respect......
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Lennox Paton | Bahamas | 3 Dec 2020

New legislation aims to promote proper use of environment

In December 2019 Parliament passed a package of environmental bills geared towards developing, reinforcing and strengthening the laws which promote and support the management, protection, enhancement and proper use of the Bahamian environment. This article provides an overview of the Environmental Planning and Protection Act and the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations.
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