Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson welcomed Stephanie Bowers, US Embassy Charge d’Affaires, on her first official visit to Grand Bahama, April 27, 2018. Minister Thompson said the United States is an important partner with The Bahamas, and he was pleased to welcome her to Grand Bahama. Senator Thompson presented Ms. Bowers with a gift basket and explained its significance. He said the products were all made in The Bahamas by Bahamians — produced by participants of the Youth Apiary Programme, which has educated and trained 30 young people in the honey making business and assisted them in forming companies. “They are now in the beginning process of selling their products. This is a basket they produced with candles, soaps, honey. We are very proud of them and we just wanted to present to you something that was made in The Bahamas, by Bahamians.”
Ms. Bowers noted while this was her first trip to Grand Bahama, she hoped to be able to meet the young business people. She added that she was honoured to be in Grand Bahama and having recently arrived in The Bahamas, looks forward to continuing the strong partnership between The Bahamas and the United States of America: “I think the United States and The Bahamas have mutually aligned goals, and we look forward to strengthening our partnership and moving forward together,” she said.