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Immigration Minister meets with private sector

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell and other relevant government officials recently held a meeting with the heads of private sector organizations to discuss immigration and work permit issues. 

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell and representatives for the nation’s major private sector organizations met recently to agree to establish an ongoing public-private sector effort to undertake positive and constructive activities to address both the government’s and the private sector’s needs related to work permits.

Pictured: (left to right) Aliya Allen, chief executive officer of the Bahamas Financial Services Board; Robert Sands, Bahamas Hotel Employers Association; Frank Comito, Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association; Minister of Financial Services Ryan Pinder; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell; Minister of State for Investments Khaalis Rolle; immigration director William Pratt; Chester Cooper, president of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation; Stuart Bowe, Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association; and Edison Sumner, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation.


Joining the Minister was Minister of Financial Services Ryan Pinder; Minister of State for Investments Khaalis Rolle; immigration director William Pratt; Chester Cooper and Edison Sumner from the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation; Stuart Bowe and Frank Comito with the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association; Robert Sands representing the Bahamas Hotel Employers Association; and Aliya Allen with the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB).

The parties agreed to work together to: undertake a skills needs assessment to help guide training; improve the current work permit review and approval process; strengthen communication between the Department and companies; and improve company awareness regarding procedures required to apply for short-term or long-term work permits, an appeals process, resources for training and sourcing potential Bahamian applicants.

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