The Bahamas government says it will “very soon” implement the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) even as it acknowledged that it is an ongoing process.
“We should, hopefully very soon. I don’t want to give a date because you will hold me to that. Hopefully, very soon. We’re looking for individuals to fit that role. So, we’ll get the commissioner first but it’s an ongoing process,” Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said.
He told reporters that “it is not something that’s just going to happen like that overnight and you’ll have access to this and that.
“There are a lot of agencies and different areas that have to be put in place,” he added.
Last week, Finance Minister Peter Turnquest said the government intends to borrow US$30 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to strengthen its digital infrastructure and support the roll out of the FOIA.
He said the loan will assist in providing support for the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act which includes: developing and implementing a master plan for the rollout of FOIA; providing technical support for the set-up and operation of the office of the information commissioner; conducting training to information managers to enhance transparency in public sector entities; and enhancing inter-institutional coordination to effectively implement FOIA provisions.