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Bahamas’ advance delegation prepares for PM’s arrival
By Matt Maura
Feb 24, 2018 - 9:30:30 AM

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Members of The Bahamas’ advance delegation to the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met with officials from The Bahamas’ Embassy in Haiti and those from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Friday ahead of the anticipated arrival of Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis.

The briefing took place at The Bahamas’ Embassy, Port-au-Prince. Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell, who headed The Bahamas’ advance delegation, Bahamas Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency, Jeffrey Williams; Bahamas High Commissioner to CARICOM, His Excellency, Reuben Rahming, Embassy officials and staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated in the briefing.

The Inter-Sessional Meetings begin Monday, February 26 and will conclude on Tuesday, February 27 (2018). The Bahamas’ delegation is scheduled to participate in a number of High Level and other meetings leading up to the Inter-Sessional.

(Bahamian officials also participated in a briefing with their counterparts from the Government of the Republic of Haiti head of the High-Level Meeting scheduled between the two countries.)

The Bahamas’ advance delegation arrived in Port-au-Prince on Thursday (February 22, 2018). Prime Minister Minnis and the remainder of the delegation are expected to arrive in Port-au-Prince on Saturday (February 24, 2018).

The Prime Minister is expected to be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield; Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Immigration, the Hon. T. Brent Symonette; Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Renward Wells; Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar; Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister, His Excellency Joshua Sears and Mr. Gregory Rahming, Acting Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources.

Key items to be addressed on the agenda of the Inter-Sessional Meetings include Disaster Management and Recovery, Tourism, Regional Security, and Blacklisting and De-Risking.

The Bahamian delegation has a full weekend schedule ahead of them, beginning with the High-Level Meeting between the Governments of The Bahamas and the Republic of Haiti. Prime Minister Minnis and President of the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency, Jovenel Moise, will lead the respective delegations.

Prime Minister Minnis is expected to wrap-up a full day Saturday evening when he and Mrs. Minnis host a Dinner for members of the Bahamian Diaspora in Haiti, staff of The Bahamas’ Embassy, Haiti, and members of the Bahamian Delegation to the CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meetings.

Saturday’s full schedule will be followed by another full schedule of events on Sunday. The Inter-Sessionals then begin on Monday, February 26.

“I am here as part of the advance team to ensure that all of the preparations that are made are known in time for the arrival of our Prime Minister and the remainder of the delegation,” Minister Campbell said.

“It is very important for the team to be fully aware of any changes in the programme, changes in the schedule, or changes in the logistics to ensure there are no hiccups,” Minister Campbell added.

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