#Nassau, The Bahamas – February 24, 2020 — Approximately 60 teachers are expected to be engaged by the Bahamas Government as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Ministry of Education and the Cuban Government to provide services in the subjects of agricultural science, biology/chemistry, electrical installation, auto mechanics, mathematics, Spanish and French.
The MOU, signed February 21, 2020 by Cuban Ambassador Alejandro Garcia del Toro and the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, the Minister of Education, augments a teaching services agreement between The Bahamas Government and the Government of Cuba.
Minister Lloyd said it is an honor and privilege to have Cuba assist The Bahamas in augmenting its teaching cohort particularly in the area of specialist teachers.
“Cuba has been a friend of The Bahamas and we have collaborated intimately with that country in the provision of educational resources to our country,” said Minister Lloyd.
He expressed “deep” gratitude to the government of Cuba, particularly the Ministry of Education, to be able to continue the 17-year-old relationship by signing an extension of the collaboration through the MOU.
“Cuba has filled a very important segment of our educational teacher cohort especially in the areas of technical and vocational subjects and disciplines as well as special education teachers. This has been a great source of benefit to our country and again this year we are very happy that in a few short weeks our team will be heading towards Cuba to exercise the recruitment that we have done on an annual basis.”
Minister Lloyd said he looks forward to a fruitful and beneficial relationship in the foreseeable future.
Education Director Marcellus Taylor said The Bahamas has a challenge with recruiting and retaining of teachers partly because over the years the profession has gained “competitors” in other areas, and in some instances, more lucrative or more prestigious employment opportunities.
He said the assistance provided by the Cuban government offers an opportunity to afford students the range of subjects that they need to provide the society with the type of labour market skills that it requires.
Among those present at the signing ceremony were: Lorraine Armbrister, Permanent Secretary; Serethea Clarke, Under Secretary; Sharon Poitier, Deputy Director and Jose Reniel Sandez, liaison officer.
Grand Bahama to be CARGO HUB, as Bahamas & Qatar ink MOU
#TheBahamas, September 29, 2023 – With moves to deepen ties, governments of The Bahamas and Qatar have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to solidify agreements in principle surrounding the development of aviation and other related services.
This is according to Chester Cooper, The Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investment and Aviation in a Facebook post.
This comes after The Bahamas Government in a press release on September 24th, revealed that Cooper, was set to meet with the head of Qatar Airways to have talks regarding “multiple mutually beneficial aviation opportunities for both countries.”
The release also said the deputy prime minister and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investment and Aviation are working on “forging strategic partnerships with several Middle Eastern countries to strengthen ties to The Bahamas and the Caribbean,” and this new signing is indicative of such efforts.
Following the September 25th signing, on September 27th, Kenneth Romer, Deputy Director General of Tourism for The Bahamas informed via Facebook some details of the agreement saying, “we have now established a framework for cooperation and formed strategic partnerships with Qatar Airways, Qatar’s Transport, Aviation and Investment Agencies and The Qatar Aeronautical Academy, that will benefit our country.”
Regarding further efforts for the improvement of The Bahamas, Cooper announced on Facebook again on Tuesday September 26th that both countries are working to make Nassau a passenger hub for Latin America and the Caribbean adding that talks are being held for Grand Bahama as a cargo hub.
Additionally, as the press release informed, Cooper is preparing for an on ground visit of Bahamasair domestic operations by Qatar Airways Technical team sometime in October.
CUBAN MIGRANTS DETAINED ALONG EXUMA CHAIN
Defence Headquarters 28 SEP ’23: HMBS P-45 under the command of Chief Petty Officer Acadia Smith detained a group of Cuban migrants in Cistern Cay, Exuma on September 27, 2023, due to information received from a Good Samaritan vessel in the area that handed them over to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.
Members of HMBS P-45 retrieved twenty-eight (28) Cuban nationals and transported them to HMBS Coral Harbour in New Providence. All individuals appeared to be in good health and will undergo further processing and assessment by Immigration officials.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in guarding our heritage and appreciates the sharing of information and intelligence provided by the boating community to affect migrants and other unlawful interdictions at sea.
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CTO mourns the passing of former chairman Obediah Wilchcombe
#BARBADOS (September 26, 2023) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) deeply mourns the loss of distinguished Bahamian leader and former chairman of the inter-regional body, Obediah Wilchcombe.
“We extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to Minister Wilchcombe’s family, as well as the government and people of the Bahamas. He was a true champion for the people of the Bahamas and the wider Caribbean region,” remarked Kenneth Bryan, CTO Chairman and Minister of Tourism and Ports of the Cayman Islands.
Chairman Bryan recalled Minister Wilchcombe held the position of CTO Chairman twice (2002-2004 and 2016-2017) while serving as Minister of Tourism for the Bahamas, and contributed significantly to the advancement of sustainable tourism development in the Caribbean.
Chairman Bryan noted that the CTO plans to honor the life and legacy of “this eminent Bahamian leader” at the organization’s upcoming business meetings and the State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Turks and Caicos next month.
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