Bahamas Information Services by Matt Laura
February 23, 2018 – PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The Bahamas’ advance delegation to the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) arrived in the Republic of Haiti late Thursday afternoon.
The conclave will be held Monday, February 26 and Tuesday, February 27 (2018). The Bahamas’ delegation will participate in a number of High Level and other meetings leading up to the Inter-Sessional assembly.
Led by Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell, the advance delegation was met at Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport, Port-au-Prince, by Bahamas Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency Jeffrey Williams and Embassy Staff.
The Bahamas’ full delegation is expected to arrive in Port-au-Prince on Saturday. Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis is the Head of Delegation. Prime Minister Minnis will be accompanied by Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Renward Wells; Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar; Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield; His Excellency Joshua Sears, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister, and Mr. Gregory Rahming, Acting Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources.
Key items to be addressed on the agenda of the Inter-Sessional assembly include Disaster Management and Recovery, Tourism, Regional Security, and Blacklisting and De-Risking. CARICOM Heads will also discuss the Enlargement Policy for the Community with a view to addressing applications received for Associate Membership in CARICOM.
The Caribbean Community currently comprises 15 Member States and 5 Associate Member States. Member States include Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
Associate Member States include: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos.
CARICOM Heads of Government convene two meetings annually. The major meeting is the Regular Meeting of The Conference, which is a formal meeting that is held annually during the first week of July and which coincides with the anniversary of the signing of the original Treaty of Chaguaramas, on what is now known as CARICOM Day.
Inter-Sessional Meetings of The Conference are held annually in either February or March and are less formal and less ceremonial than Regular Meetings. The bi-annual meetings provide CARICOM Heads with the opportunity to cover a wider range of topical issues within a given period.
Minister of Transport & Local Government the Hon. Frankie Campbell, centre, led the Bahamas advance delegation to CARICOM, pictured upon arrival in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, February 22, 2018. The Minister is also pictured (right) being greeted by Bahamas Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency Jeffrey Williams. (Photos/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services)
The Bahamas major moves towards Space Tourism
#TheBahamas, February 22, 2024 – Exciting, groundbreaking developments are coming for The Bahamas’ tourism product, as tourists will soon be able to view rocket landings according to the government on Tuesday February 20th, 2024, introducing Space Tourism to the archipelago, making it the only destination of its kind globally.
The government informed this is due to the negotiation and execution of a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with Space Exploration Technologies (Space X).
Space X, headquartered in Hawthorne, is an American spacecraft manufacturer, launch service provider, defense contractor and satellite communications company.
For the landings, reports inform that Space X is finishing up on designs which includes one of the company’s autonomous droneships being the landing station for the rockets, Falcon 9s.
The site will be located east of the Exumas.
The Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation, says this is a strategic partnership which will anchor The Bahamas “as a key player in the emerging space tourism industry.”
In continuation, the Ministry also revealed that more exciting developments are coming, that is the creation of an exhibit disabling space travel related hardware and a SpaceX spacesuit.
This will be the only other exhibit outside the US which the ministry expressed will attract many tourists and Bahamian citizens.
Chester Cooper, Tourism, Investments and Aviation Minister, is featured in reports showing great appreciation for working with Space X.
“We are honoured to work with SpaceX to enable their Falcon 9 rockets to safely land on an autonomous droneship within Bahamian waters, helping to continue their rocket reusability efforts,” he maintained.
Additionally, the government, according to Cooper, is prepared to grab at the opportunities that will be presented with these developments such as for economic growth, job creation and education enhancement.
Bahamas Consulate Opens in LA
#Bahamas#LosAngeles, February 19th, 2024 – The Bahamas Consulate General in Los Angeles, United States. officially opened on February 19th, 2024, by Prime Minister Philip Davis, reaffirming the commitment of the Government to protect all Bahamians as well as The Bahamas’ Economic interests and provide consular support for Bahamians on the West Coast of the United States. This was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press release.
NBA’s Buddy Hield appointed as Ambassador
#BuddyHield#Bahamas, February 19th, 2024 – Accomplished Bahamian Basketball player Chavano Buddy Hield, has been appointed as Ambassador-at-Large for Sports and Cultural Achievement, by the Davis Administration. This is a major accomplishment recognizing, according to the Office of the Prime Minister, Hield’s outstanding journey from Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama to the NBA as well as his commitment to inspire Bahamians. Prime Minister Philip Davis speaking at his Credential Presentation, expressed great appreciation to Hield. He said “Thank you for being a shining example of what it means to be truly great, both on and off the court. Congratulations Ambassador.”
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