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Bahamas, US sign aviation security agreement

The Bahamas has signed a Co-operation Memorandum on pre-clearance security with the United States, to facilitate easier travel between the two countries. Pictured: Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell and deputy assistant administrator for the Transportation Security Administration's Office of Global Strategies Victoria Reeder sign the Co-operation Memorandum at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Pictured to the left of Minister Mitchell is Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin. (BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham) 

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Friday, July 26, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013

TSAThe Bahamas has signed a Co-operation Memorandum on pre-clearance security with the United States, to facilitate easier travel between the two countries.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell met with Victoria Reeder, deputy assistant administrator for the Transportation Security Administration’s Office of Global Strategies to sign the agreement. Also present was Charge d’ Affaires of the United States Embassy in The Bahamas John Dinkelman and Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin.

“These efforts will not only facilitate smooth operations of travel between Bahamian pre-clearance airports and American airports but will also enhance security capacity for passengers, employees and other stakeholders involved in the air transportation industry,” said Minister Mitchell. “With tourism being the primary industry in our country, the experience of our visitors also includes travel to and from their destination.”

The Bahamas is one of only five countries in the world to have US pre-clearance privileges.

“The alignment of security measures and procedures will ensure that The Bahamas and the USA continue to enjoy the benefits of exchange inherent to our countries’ proximities to each other,” said Mitchell.

The construction industry in The Bahamas is continuing to reap the benefits of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), while tourism is seeing slow but steady growth according to the Central Bank of The Bahamas which released its monthly economic report for June yesterday.

Coaches, sponsors and personnel will be able to enjoy three days of coaching and vacation during the International Coaches Clinic (ICC) hosted by the Bahamas Basketball Federation, August 1-4, 2013, at Atlantis Paradise Island. Pictured: Shamar "THE FUTURE" Burrows drives past a player from Mexico in the Bahamas' first win , 77-54 in the FIBA Tournament of the Americas U16 Competition, held in Maldonado Uruguay. (Photo via BahamasBasketballFederation.com)

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