Statement on Prime Minister’s Travel to Uganda and Establishment of Diplomatic Relations with Kenya

The Office of the Prime Minister is pleased to announce that the Honorable Philip Davis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, will be travelling to Kampala, Uganda. The Prime Minister will depart on January 16th and is expected to return on January 22nd. During his absence, Chester Cooper will serve as the acting Prime Minister.

This visit is a significant stride in The Bahamas’ international diplomacy, particularly as we announce the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between The Bahamas and Kenya. This marks a monumental milestone in our nation’s foreign affairs, demonstrating the Davis Administration’s strategic commitment to expanding the global presence of The Bahamas and exploring new avenues for collaboration.

During his visit to Uganda, Prime Minister Davis will participate in the Non-Aligned Movement Summit and the G77 + China meeting. These summits are crucial platforms for discussing global issues and foster collaboration among nations. The Prime Minister is scheduled to engage in a bilateral meeting with Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and hold additional discussions with various global leaders. These include Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland, Kenyan President William Ruto, President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, and Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the current Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The establishment of diplomatic ties with Kenya is a testament to the Administration’s proactive approach to creating new opportunities for the Bahamian people. This new relationship is poised to open doors for enhanced trade, educational exchanges, and cultural understanding, which are pivotal for the growth and prosperity of both nations.

Throughout the summits, Prime Minister Davis will focus on advocating for urgent action against climate change and promoting South-South cooperation as a key driver for economic development and collaboration. His engagements at these global summits underscore the Administration’s dedication to positioning The Bahamas as a significant player on the world stage, particularly in advocating for the interests of small nations.

The Davis Administration remains committed to fostering international relationships that benefit the Bahamian people and contribute to our nation’s development and global standing.