Minister McKenzie pledges to bolster Jamaica-Bahamas ties

In a bid to fortify the longstanding bond between Jamaica and The Bahamas, Jamaica’s Minister of Native Authorities and Group Improvement, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, vows to deepen collaboration between the 2 nations.

In an interview with JIS Information on Tuesday, Minister McKenzie underscored the historic ties between Jamaica and The Bahamas, tracing again to the aftermath of Hurricane Gilbert. 

He highlighted The Bahamas’ pivotal help throughout that making an attempt interval as a testomony to the enduring solidarity between the 2 international locations.

Joint aid efforts

Furthermore, Minister McKenzie emphasised the collaborative efforts between Jamaica and The Bahamas in offering aid help to neighboring nations in misery. 

Notably, the HMBS Lawrence Main, operated by the Royal Bahamas Defence Power, performed a vital function in transporting important provides to St. Vincent and the Grenadines following the eruption of the La Soufrière volcano in 2021.

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Strengthening regional partnerships

Asserting Jamaica’s function as a regional point of interest for The Bahamas, Haiti, and the Turks and Caicos Islands, Minister McKenzie expressed his willpower to boost bilateral relations additional. 

He outlined plans for reciprocal visits to foster dialogue and trade insights, aiming to bolster mutual understanding and cooperation.

Shared dedication to catastrophe preparedness

Echoing Minister McKenzie’s sentiments, Bahamian Minister of State within the Workplace of the Prime Minister, Hon. Leon Lundy, emphasised The Bahamas’ dedication to reinforcing ties with Jamaica. 

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Minister Lundy pressured the significance of solidarity in confronting frequent challenges, significantly in catastrophe preparedness, reflecting the shared aspirations of each nations.