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Carnival Cruise Lines meets with Minister

Minister of Labour Dion A Foulkes recently met with officials from Carnival Cruise Lines, as the Government looks to partner with the company to increase Bahamian employment. Pictured: (from left) Mr. Ricardo Deveaux, First Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Labour; Mr. Gadville McDonald, Executive Director, the National Training Agency; Ms. Cecilia Strachan, Permanent Secretary (Acting), Ministry of Labour; Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion A. Foulkes; Ms. Marie McKenzie, Vice President, Global Ports and Caribbean Government Relations for Carnival Corporation & PLC.; Mr. Domenico Rognoni, Deputy Chairman, The Bahamas Shipowners Association and Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for Carnival and Mr. Richard Pruitt, Vice President, Environmental Operations at Carnival. (BIS PHOTO)

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Friday, July 27, 2018
Friday, July 27, 2018

Minister of Labour Dion A Foulkes recently met with officials from Carnival Cruise Lines, as the Government looks to partner with the company to increase Bahamian employment.

The government is hoping to finalise an agreement with Carnival soon that will enable trained and qualified Bahamians to get employment with the luxury cruise line.


In June, Minister Foulkes toured Carnival’s training centre in Miami and said he was “impressed” with the facilities.

The discussions follow last month’s announcement that Royal Caribbean Cruises has committed to hiring 200 Bahamians this year. Around 50 are already at work, taking up positions such as baristas, cleaners, sailors and pastry chef trainees.

“The Bahamas continues to enjoy a very favourable relationships with the major cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean and Carnival, which each year bring thousands of visitors and tourists to our beautiful shores,” said Foulkes.

The Ministry of Finance is looking to increase the productivity of the Bahamian workforce with a new $50m initiative, partly financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows to The Bahamas totalled $928m last year, making the country one of the most successful in the Caribbean at attracting investment.

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