In a hybrid joint signing ceremony held at the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday, the prime minister and Bahamian officials were joined by representatives from the Hunan Province of the People’s Republic of China along with senior diplomats from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to The Bahamas to witness the signing of three agreements to advance bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
These agreements included a letter of intent to establish sister island/province relations between Grand Bahama and Hunan Province of China with the Ministry for Grand Bahama.
Melvin Seymour, permanent secretary in the Ministry for Grand Bahama, and Xu Zhengxian, director-general of the Office of Foreign Affairs of the CPC Hunan Provincial Committee signed the agreement.
Chinese officials also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on agricultural cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources, and Family Island Affairs.
Bridgette Hepburn, acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources, and Family Island Affairs, and Yuan Yanwen, director-general of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of Hunan Province signed that MOU.
There was also a handover certificate of donated medical equipment with the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
It was signed by Colin Higgs, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, and Xu Zhengxian.
In attendance at the signing were Prime Minister Philip Davis, Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama Ginger Moxey, Parliamentary Secretary Leonardo Lightbourne, Parliamentary Secretary Jamal Strachan, and Ambassador to The Bahamas from the People’s Republic of China Dai Qingli.
The event was moderated by Deng Qunce, secretary-general of the Hunan Provincial People’s Government.