Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Makes Bahamas First Stop of Caribbean Tour

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Assistant Secretary Nichols (left) meets with Prime Minister “Brave” Davis (right) at the Office of the Prime Minister in Nassau | May 23, 2022

The United States Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Ambassador Brian A. Nichols visited The Bahamas on May 22-24. His visit emphasized the high priority of The Bahamas within the region, and the importance of the enduring partnership between the United States and The Bahamas.  Assistant Secretary Nichols discussed the concrete steps that will address Bahamian priorities such as improving access to healthcare, combatting climate change and increasing access to the internet at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, June 6-10.

Assistant Secretary Nichols met with Prime Minister the Honorable Philip “Brave” Davis in Nassau. Together with Acting Foreign Minister Alfred Sears, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Usha Pitts, and U.S. Director for Caribbean Affairs Nan Fife, they discussed key elements of the U.S.-Bahamas partnership, including shared security, mitigating the effects of climate change, addressing regional migration, and supporting economic prosperity. His overall itinerary reflected those priorities.

“We are not just friends, we are kin,” said Assistant Secretary Nichols while speaking to reporters just before departing for his next stop in Barbados. Nichols added, “We expect that to continue far into the future, and I expect that The Bahamas and the United States relationship will only grow closer and better as the years go on.”

Assistant Secretary Nichols visited the New Providence Ecology Park (NPEP) on Tuesday, May 24, one of several climate resilience investments the United States supports in The Bahamas.  As a low-lying small island nation, The Bahamas will bear the brunt of the effects of climate change, as sea levels rise and extreme weather events become more frequent and intense.  The United States will work with The Bahamas to support projects that lower The Bahamas’ carbon footprint and increase resilience to the effects of climate change.

Also on May 24, Assistant Secretary Nichols visited the Royal Bahamas Defence Force base in Coral Harbour. He toured the many lasting investments the United States has made in its shared security partnership with The Bahamas. He rode on one of the three boats U.S. Northern Command provided to The Bahamas in 2021 as part of a $5.9 million dollar donation that included a $2.5 million dollar radar system that helps The Bahamas secure its vast maritime domain.

Assistant Secretary Nichols also met with key financial officials, development experts, and business leaders during his visit, exploring how the United States contributes to economic growth and development in The Bahamas and supports increased U.S. investment in the Bahamian economy.

Finally, Assistant Secretary Nichols visited one of the Embassy’s partners addressing the needs of local underserved populations at a local Learning Center.  He met with educators striving to support some of New Providence’s most vulnerable populations by providing preschool through grade five instruction.

More photo highlights below:

Assistant Secretary Nichols is greeted by Deputy Commander Defence Force Captain Shonedel Pinder of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force at Coral Harbour base; orange-and-white tower in background is $2.5 million dollar radar system donated to RBDF by USNORTHCOM in 2021 | May 24, 2022

Assistant Secretary Nichols (center) tours the New Providence Ecology Park (NPEP) in Nassau | May 24, 2022

Assistant Secretary Nichols listens to stories of Haitian migrants at a learning academy in Nassau to understand how the U.S. can support underserved populations in The Bahamas | May 23, 2022

Assistant Secretary Nichols (left), Chargé Pitts (top left), and Director Fife (top left) meet with financial and development experts at U.S. Chargé d’Affaires residence in Nassau, including (counter clockwise from bottom): John Rolle, Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas; Daniela Carrera, International Development Bank Country Representative; and Christina Rolle, Executive Director of the Securities Commission of The bahamas | May 23, 2022

Assistant Secretary Nichols (top right) meets with key Bahamian business leaders for dinner on New Providence, including (clockwise from right): Chairwoman of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, Krystle Ferguson; President of The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association, Robert Sands; President of the U.S.-Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, Jim Schaeffer; and (top) Chairman of Sunshine Holdings Limited, Sir Franklyn Wilson | May 23, 2022

Assistant Secretary Nichols (right) and Director Fife (center) observe a small boat recovery drill as part of an ongoing joint training exchange between Royal Bahamas Defence Force training and U.S. Army Special Forces at Coral Harbour base | May 24, 2022

Assistant Secretary Nichols (center left) tours the New Providence Ecology Park (NPEP) in Nassau | May 24, 2022

Assistant Secretary Nichols listens to stories of Haitian migrants at a learning academy in Nassau to understand how the U.S. can support underserved populations in The Bahamas | May 23, 2022

Assistant Secretary Nichols (left) at the Office of the Prime Minister in Nassau | May 23, 2022