British High Commission officially reopens

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis said The Bahamas is committed to the economic partnership agreement that was signed with the United Kingdom 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 on Wednesday 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, the Hon. Darren Henfield; Sir Simon McDonald, Head of the British Diplomatic Service; Her Excellency 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 United Kingdom.

“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.