By LEANDRA ROLLE
#Tribune Staff Reporter
#THE Ministry of Economic Affairs launched the country’s national trade policy yesterday, with Minister Michael Halkitis hailing the document as an important component of the government’s plans to diversify the Bahamian economy.
#“Today is a monumental day as we officially introduce the national trade policy to the public,” Mr Halkitis said during a press conference at the prime minister’s office yesterday.
#“It cannot be overstated how important having a comprehensive and cohesive trade policy is to our national development. This policy is a key component of a wider development strategy to diversify the economy and power Bahamian businesses domestically and internationally, and lower the trade deficit.”
#“Key areas that are being targeted by the government, such as niche agricultural and fisheries products, uniquely Bahamian craft, food and goods and other green blue and orange economy products and services, will all benefit from this policy. “
#Mr Halkitis said the national trade policy was the product of continuous stakeholder engagement, adding: “We have incorporated much of that engagement to ensure that the policy before us today is as strong and comprehensive and inclusive as possible.”