In his Christmas 2015 Message to the nation, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie called on all to show love and compassion. *”If we demonstrate love, compassion, peace, and a spirit of reconciliation towards all persons within our borders, many of the concerns that we have with our society will greatly diminish.”*

The Prime Minister noted that as The Bahamas prepares for the New Year, the Government is encouraged by new developments and investments. *”Indeed in recent weeks Heads of Agreements for significant new developments were signed heralding a bright economic future for our Bahamas.”*

He also referenced infrastructural developments in the nation and by the new pages that are being turned in the vitally important spheres of telecommunications and energy. *”These improvements are helping us to build a stronger and more modern Bahamas better equipped to meet the challenges of life in the 21st Century.”*

On the issue of crime, the nation’s leader confirmed the introduction of even tougher measures to combat criminality in 2016, noting that bringing down crime is a challenge of the highest priority and one that the Government is determined to wrestle to the ground in the New Year.

He concluded:

*”My Fellow Bahamians, as we look beyond this Holiday Season and into the New Year, we see a road of progress sprawling before us. Yes, we know that we have a way to go. Yes, we will have challenges. Yes, we will have setbacks. Yet we also see milestones ahead of us, like our National Development Plan VISION 2040, the implementation of the first phase of National Health Insurance, and the expansion of the national economy in ways that are bound to create many new jobs and give rise to many more opportunities for entrepreneurial enterprise.”*