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Bahamas assumes chair of CARICOM

The new political head of Caribbean Community, Prime Minister Perry Christie, is to meet with the President of China later in the week. 

Monday, January 5, 2015
Monday, January 5, 2015

Prime Minster Perry Christie became the chair of CARICOM, the Caribbean Community, January 1.

The first official duty as the chair of CARICOM is to represent the region at the China/CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean countries) meetings in Beijing China January 8-9.

The Prime Minister will deliver a statement on behalf of CARICOM and is scheduled to meet with the President and Premier of China for discussions on regional issues.

The visit will also provide an opportunity to discuss bi-lateral relations with China including areas of technical cooperation, maritime issues and a possible air services agreement.

The Prime Minister will also take the opportunity to meet with private sector investors in the tourism area in connection with the Baha Mar project.

Additionally, the nation’s chief will have discussions with the chairman of Genting/Resorts World Group.

Christie will be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell, Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe and Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna Martin.

The ministerial delegation will be supported by a team from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headed by Eugene Torchon Newry and senior policy advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister Sir Baltron Bethel.

Hope Strachan has been named as the Minister of Financial Services with effect January 12, 2015. Her appointment was among a number recently announced by the government.

Minister of State for Investments Khaalis Rolle says that The Bahamas is set to reap the benefits of large development projects taking place on New Providence and Abaco. Watch an interview with Rolle here.

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