Bahamas Welcomes New Multi-million Dollar US Embassy

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The United States and the Bahamas say the construction of a new US embassy building here underscores the enduring friendship as well as emphasizing the importance of the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

“Our two nations have deep ties of friendship. We are bonded by history and geography, and shared democratic and civic values. This new US$318 million dollar facility, which will reside on a five-acre site, will serve as a symbol of our longstanding relationship,” Prime Minister Dr. Hubert MInnis told the groundbreaking ceremony.

He said the decision by Washington to construct the embassy in the City of Nassau, is evidence of the strength of the relationship between our countries.

“While the United States is our major trading partner, and close ally with whom we have deep security ties, the U.S. response to Hurricane Dorian is evidence that you are also a true friend,” he said, in reference to the death and destruction caused by the Category 5 storm last month.

The project is expected to be completed in 2023.

Washington said since the start of the State Department’s Capital Security Construction Programme in 1999, the US Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations OBO has completed 162 new diplomatic facilities and has an additional 51 projects in design or under construction.

Minnis told the ceremony that at peak construction, 160 Bahamians will be employed and that the new complex will be energy- efficient.

“This new embassy is part of the wider redevelopment and revitalization of the City of Nassau into a vibrant, modern city,” he said, adding that in partnership with Global Ports Holding, “we are embarking on a quarter of a billion-dollar project to redevelop what will become the world-renowned and new Nassau Cruise Port.

“The City of Nassau is re-emerging as a dynamic, vibrant city, celebrating and showcasing Bahamian heritage and history. The Government of the United States could have chosen another location on New Providence to build this new embassy,” he added.

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  1. Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! This mere voice in the wilderness has been urging GoAB and the Barbuda Council to visit the Grand Bahama to learn the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Development on these SIDS! No one does! They are stuck in this endless cycle of Dissonance!

    “We have to be very careful. Everybody needs totally proper documentation. Because look, the Bahamas has some tremendous problems with people going to the Bahamas who weren’t supposed to be there,” … “I don’t want to allow people that weren’t supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States, including some very bad people and some very bad gang members, and some very, very bad drug dealers,” – The Don!

    The 1959 Vision, to have the US firmly planted with the Cuban revolution, has now become reality in 2019! Edward St. George, The Abdicator and Roland Theodore Symonette, the Colonial, are smiling whilst Pindling is rolling in his grave! The silence from Ingraham and Christie reflect the owl’s scream and the crickets cry as Minnis proudly puffs “I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?” with a new fast ferry serving the Fort Lauderdale-Grand Bahama route, a new cruise port of more than $100 US million for Carnival Cruise Line on Grand Bahama; the other, a new development amounting to more than $90 million US over time.on Little San Salvador in the southern Bahamas! Little San Salvador is already home to Holland America Line’s Half Moon Cay port!

    What does this say to my compatriots on Antigua and Barbuda especially Barbudans locked in communal land tenure! What’s the Vision, Mission, Strategy and Values to develop a Blue and Green Economy using “Entrepreneurial Socialism” while respecting Communal Traditions and ensuring a social, environmental (or ecological) and financial ‘Caribbean Powerhouse!”

    “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.” ― Rahm Emanuel, Former Chief off Staff to Obama and Mayor of Chicago!

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