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Mitchell heads ministerial trade mission to Dubai

ELCOTT COLEBY
BIS

Published: Oct 28, 2013

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The Government of The Bahamas moved one step closer to attracting much needed new capital and investment to The Bahamas when a ministerial delegation left for Dubai on a trade mission late last week.

Headed by Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell, the delegation includes Financial Services and Trade Minister Ryan Pinder; Minister for the Environment and Housing Kenred Dorsett; Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. Michael Darville; State Minister for Investments Khaalis Rolle and Senator Jerome Gomez.

Additionally, officials from those ministries and the ministries of transport and aviation and tourism, representatives from the Grand Bahama Port Authority and the Bahamas Maritime Authority also comprise the delegation.

This trade mission is a follow up to a diplomatic trip made by Mitchell late last year to initiate the establishment of formal diplomatic ties with that region of the world that is renowned for its disposable wealth, keen interest in cultural tourism development, and its world class telecommunications infrastructure in addition to its emphasis on planning.

Mitchell revealed that The Bahamas government has made the decision to join the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which is headquartered in Dubai. The minister for the environment will take the opportunity to further the formal steps to complete the membership application for IRENA.

While in Dubai, the group is scheduled to meet with government officials and business leaders in the areas of tourism, port development, financial services, the environment, telecommunications and technology.

This trade mission, according to Mitchell, is being paid for by the Dubai Committee for the World Expo 2020.


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