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Diplomats Convene For 4th Annual Bahamas Diplomatic Week Conclave

#Bahamas, October  17, 2017 – Nassau – Diplomats representing the Bahamas and those accredited with relations to the country, have gathered in New Providence October 15-18 to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral ties.  During the Official Opening of the 4th Annual Bahamas Diplomatic Week, October 16, 2017 Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield gave the keynote address at Melia Nassau Beach resort affirming to diplomats that they have an important role to play.

“The world is not static,” said Minister Henfield.   “We need to adapt our ways and methods to the changes, all without losing our identity.”

He said he believed the country is on the right path to meeting the changes through opportunities such as the Diplomatic Week forum.

Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield“Bringing you into our midst has always been about exposing you first-hand to developments in The Bahamas and then letting you do your jobs,” he said.   “Therefore, we have put together some round-tables, some bilateral meetings and some presentations and visits to other parts of our archipelago to enhance your appreciation of The Bahamas, to see our capacity to blend our internal experiences and diversity with those of the rest of the world.”

Diplomatic Week is an annual event hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   It provides means for the country to strengthen ties and pursue social, cultural and economic exchanges and ideas with others.   This year’s Diplomatic Week also facilitates the introduction of the new government administration to the Resident and Non-Resident Diplomatic community.

Furthermore, the week of activities presents an opportunity for public education and exchange on the role of diplomacy, the Foreign Service, and provides exposure to the services offered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Diplomatic Week continues at Melia Nassau Beach resort through Wednesday, October 18.   Diplomatic representatives will also travel to Grand Bahama on Wednesday.   The majority of the officers are scheduled to leave the country on Thursday.

By: Betty Vedrine (BIS)

Photo captions: Diplomatic Week 2017 Representatives – Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield, centre, along with other senior government officials and officials of the Ministry, are shown with accredited diplomats to The Bahamas – both resident and non-resident — at the Official Opening Ceremony of the Ministry’s 4th Annual Bahamas Diplomatic Week at Melia Nassau Beach resort, October 16, 2017.  (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield, during 4th Annual Bahamas Diplomatic Week Opening Ceremonies at Melia Nassau Beach resort, October 16, 2017.  (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)

 

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