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Bahamas and Nigeria to forge ties – photos

Laraba Elsie-Bhutto becomes the Non-Resident High Commissioner from Nigeria to The Bahamas, as the two nations pledge to forge ties in tourism and economic development. 

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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham joins in with a toast

Pictured from left are Dr Patricia Rodgers, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; High Commissioner Bhutto; Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor-General; and Lady Joan Foulkes.
(BIS Photo/Derek Smith)

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the Federal Republic of Nigeria are seeking to forge ties in tourism and other areas of economic development.

Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes made the announcement as he accepted Letters of Commission presented by Laraba Elsie-Bhutto, accrediting her as Non-Resident High Commissioner from Nigeria to The Bahamas during a ceremony at Government House on January 19.


“Today begins another chapter in the continued development of strong, mutually beneficial bilateral relations and cooperation between our two countries. Our two countries share historical commonalities that cannot be denied, and which will continue to be promoted,” he said.

“Our two countries share historical commonalities that cannot be denied, and which will continue to be promoted. We too are aware and share with your country many concerns as they relate to the environment, security and energy,” Sir Arthur added.

As The Bahamas is known for its robust tourism industry – the mainstay of its economy, he said the country would welcome opportunities to strengthen its relations with Nigeria in this sector.

“It is our hope that, moving forward with these proposals, we can see the fruit of our labour manifest in meaningful progress for both Nigeria and The Bahamas,” Sir Arthur said.

Laraba Elsie-Bhutto (left) presents her Letters of Commission

Laraba Elsie-Bhutto (left) presents her Letters of Commission to Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor-General, at Government House on January 19. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)

Sir Arthur Foulkes Laraba Elsie-Bhutto

Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, left, poses with Laraba Elsie-Bhutto, Non-Resident High Commissioner from the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette with Laraba Elsie-Bhutto

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette with Laraba Elsie-Bhutto, Non-Resident High Commissioner from Nigeria during a Courtesy Call on January 18, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Goodman’s Bay Corporate Centre.
(BIS Photo/Kris Ingraham)

Despite uncertainty about the future, Atlantis is expecting an increase in business year on year, with advanced bookings up on last year. The Bahamas resort says it will push ahead with development plans.

Improving economic conditions are bringing more business and leisure travelers back to Nassau and Paradise Island, particularly to medium sized hotels.

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