Tuesday, April 16, 2019

IDB outlines The Bahamas’ deficiencies in various sectors

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Latin American and Caribbean Macroeconomic Report 2019 points to range of deficiencies in The Bahamas’ utilities, road networks, technology, aviation and maritime sectors, while encouraging the use of public private partnerships to realize urgent upgrades.

According to the report, while the systems and network of roads within the country remain acceptable by developing economy standards, some areas request “urgent attention”.

“There is neither an adequate and efficient public transportation system, nor a public-school bus system,” the report read.

“With limited space to expand, primarily in New Providence, public safety concerns arise from increased vehicular density.”

Last month, the government passed amended road traffic legislation aimed at improving the safety of the motoring public, including criminalizing driving the using an electronic device while driving and having an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.

The government has expressed concern over the number of road traffic fatalities in recent years.  Read more >>