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High Commissioner Ed Bethel shown with the President of South Africa Jacob Zuma presenting his credentials to the President.  Then shortly after the presentation of credentials to the President he posed with those who also presented on that day with the President.  Mr. Bethel is now also High Commissioner to South Africa for The Bahamas.  The presentation took place on 13 May in Pretoria.

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NEW YORK — His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming (second from right), Ambassador and Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS),  in his capacity as Chairman of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States (GRULAC) for the month of May, chaired the Special Meeting on Thursday, May 12, 2016, that served as a platform for the following representatives to brief the Group on their respective candidatures: H.E. Ambassador Natalia Gherman, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova, candidate for the position of Secretary-General of the United Nations; Ms. Margot Wallström, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, on the candidature of Sweden to the United Nations Security Council for the term 2017-2018; and H.E. Ambassador Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations, candidate for the position of President of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly.  

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WASHINGTON, DC — A delegation from the Ministry of Financial Services is completing a working visit to Washington, D.C., where they provided a presentation at the Seventh Meeting of the CARICOM-United States Trade and Investment Council, held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.  

The Bahamas’ delegation was headed by Ms. Keva Bain, Acting Director of Trade, and Mr. Hillary Deveaux, Consultant, and supported by diplomatic officers from the Embassy in Washington, D.C. 

Items on the agenda engaged upon included sanitary and phytosanitary standards, energy, intellectual property protections, potential cooperation on information communication technology and the issue of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.  

The Bahamian delegation also took the opportunity to discuss potential areas of technical assistance and capacity building from the United States to enhance trade facilitation and the broader challenge of access to technical assistance, aid and finance for The Bahamas from OECD countries and international financial institutions. 

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While in Washington for the Seventh Meeting of the CARICOM-United States Trade and Investment Meeting, Ms. Keva  Bain, Acting Director  of Trade with the Bahamas Ministry of Financial Services, and Mr. Hillary Deveaux, a  Consultant with the Ministry, paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, at the Bahamas Embassy, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. From left to right are: Mr. Deveaux, Ms. Major, Ambassador Newry, Deputy Chief of Mission Chet Neymour, and Second Secretary Mikhail Bullard. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A group of religious leaders from the Bahamas Christian Council (BCC), led by BCC President Rev. Dr. Ranford Patterson, are currently on a three-day visit to Washington, D.C. 

Also included in the group, which arrived in D.C. on Tuesday, May 17, and is scheduled to leave on Friday, are Pastor Dale Moss of Life Transformational Center; Bishop Perry Newton, Word of Truth; Bishop Leroy Emmanuel, Good Samaritan Kingdom Ministry; Bishop Gregory K. Minnis, New Jerusalem Church; Rev. Roslyn Astwood, St. Stephen’s Baptist Church; Bishop Albert Hepburn, United Christian; Rev. Dr. Beverley Strachan, Assemblies of God; Pastor Sharon Williamson, Trinity Global Cathedral; Bishop Trevor Williamson, Trinity Global Cathedral; and Rev. Dr. Deanza Cunningham, Christ Community.

The visiting religious leaders paid a courtesy call Wednesday morning on the Rev. Donald Isaac, Director of Religious Affairs in the Executive Office of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. 

They were accompanied to that meeting by Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., who helped to arrange the visit to D.C. along with Mr. Chris Gardiner, a Bahamian native who is President of Gardiner, Kamya & Associates, PC, a Washington, D.C.-based chartered accounting firm.

Mr. Gardiner hosted a luncheon for the group at the Lauriol Plaza Restaurant in downtown Washington, prior to them paying a courtesy call Wednesday afternoon on His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, at the Bahamas Embassy, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.

On Thursday morning, the group officially paid a courtesy call on Consul General Zonicle at the Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex, 1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W.

Thursday afternoon they paid a courtesy call on Rev. William Lamar IV of Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M Street, N.W., and Thursday night they were scheduled to attend a dinner hosted in their honour by Consul General Zonicle at her home in Fort Washington, Maryland. 

CAPTION
Pictured from left to right during a courtesy call on His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, by a group of religious leaders from  the Bahamas Christian Council are: Miss Jade Williams, Second Secretary, Bahamas Embassy; Pastor Dale Moss; Bishop Perry Newton; Bishop Leroy Emmanuel; Bishop Gregory Minnis; Rev. Roslyn Astwood; Bishop Albert Hepburn; Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C.; Rev. Dr. Beverley Strachan; Ambassador Newry;  Rev. Dr. Ranford Patterson; Pastor Sharon Williamson; Bishop Trevor Williamson; Miss Tracee Dorestant, Second Secretary, Bahamas Embassy; Rev. Dr. Deanza Cunningham; and Miss Krissy Hanna, Second Secretary, Bahamas Embassy. 

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Some of the visiting religious leaders are pictured during their courtesy call Wednesday morning on the Rev. Donald Isaac (right), Director of Religious Affairs in the Executive Office of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. At left is Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., and second from left is Rev. Dr. Ranford Patterson, President of the Bahamas Christian Council.