Prime Minister Philip Davis yesterday defended his recent international travel and insisted it is “bearing fruit”.
“Our voice is being heard,” said Davis after arriving in the country from attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda.
“Other countries want to strengthen their relationships with us. Other world leaders and business people want to invest in us and international organizations want to help us.
“We are at an inflection point — a moment when we can see our fortunes changing. We are now in the kinds of discussions where we can not only make our needs known, but have our requests honored. The global idea of The Bahamas is shifting and people want to do business with us.”
Davis said that kind of influence is made possible because of his administration’s decision to make foreign policy “work better and harder for us”.
He said travel broadens the mind.
Davis said The Bahamas will be “richer from the kind of exposure these experiences will bring to each of us”.
“As I closely followed the news from home this week, at CHOGM in Rwanda, I was able to candidly exchange views with other leaders about what was happening in The Bahamas, compared to what was happening in their countries,” he said.
“I was able to learn some of the ways in which they are tackling the same challenges and some of the ways in which they are creating new opportunities for their people.”
Davis said the Bahamian delegation held a number of meetings with other countries and organizations while in Rwanda.
He said the discussion covered multiple issues, including the emerging threats of new healthcare challenges and energy security.
“I was proud to see the Office of the Spouse so prominently engaged in the women’s forum,” Davis said.
“Issues especially affecting women in The Bahamas were well-represented from ways to better and fairer employment to dealing with issues of gender-based violence.
“In our meeting with the president of Botswana, we agreed to mutually support each other by them helping us to develop our livestock industry, and us offering them support, again in developing tourism.”
Davis said there were also wider discussions about strategies about managing the economy, dealing with crime, improving housing and access to financial services, and better protecting and managing the resources in oceans and seas.
“Time and again, the voice of the Bahamian people was strongly heard and people expressed their enthusiasm in working with us,” he said.