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UK, Bahamas to maintain close ties after Brexit

The Bahamas is to maintain close ties with the UK in trade and commerce after Brexit, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, as the British High Commission in The Bahamas reopens its office in Nassau. 

Friday, February 14, 2020
Friday, February 14, 2020

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said The Bahamas is committed to the economic partnership agreement that was signed with the UK late last year and takes effect after the Brexit transition period ends 31 December 2020.

The agreement ensures trade continuity with the UK following on from the 10-year-old Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) signed between the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) and the European Union.

Prime Minister Minnis was speaking February 12 at the official ceremony for the reopening of the British High Commission in The Bahamas after more than a decade.

The ceremony was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield; Sir Simon McDonald, Head of the British Diplomatic Service; Sarah Dickson, British High Commissioner to The Bahamas, and other officials.

The reopening of the Commission, said Prime Minister Minnis, will serve to deepen the warm relationship that already exists between The Bahamas and the UK.

“This reopening symbolizes and reaffirms the commitment of the United Kingdom to our long-shared history and our bilateral relations in matters of mutual interest bilaterally, regionally and multilaterally,” said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister thanked the UK for its military assistance and donations in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian and for consistently remaining in touch since its passage.

He also highlighted areas of mutual interests between the two nations, including climate change and the development of young people through opportunities in education,

The ceremony was held at the High Commissioner’s Residence, Skyline Drive.

Representatives of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation traveled to Denver, Colorado to host events for over 20 media and influencers and over 140 of the area's top travel agents. These meetings coincide with the announcement of United Airlines' new nonstop airlift from Denver to Nassau.

The government of The Bahamas signed a Heads of Agreement with Tyrsoz Family Holdings Ltd, February 13, 2020 for the development of a $300 million project, one of the largest undertakings for South Abaco.

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