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Bahamas Attends First Global African Diaspora Summit, 25 May 2012, Johannesburg, South Africa

Mr Alfred Sears and the Hon Fred Mitchell

The Bahamas was represented at the First Global African Diaspora Summit, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 25 May 2012, by the Hon Fred A Mitchell, M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.

"I have had the advantage of reviewing the draft of the declaration and say that we [The Bahamas] broadly accept its conclusions. In particular we embrace the need for the south south dialogue. We especially embrace the call to action in the investment in education and culture. In education, the Bahamas government has pledged over the next five years to double its investment in education. Education is the key to success in so many areas. It is important in eliminating poverty", said the Minister. The Summit was sponsored by the South African Government headed by President Jacob Zuma and by the African Union. It has been seven years in the making and brought together people of African descent from across the globe to discuss the future of African peoples around the world. 

The Bahamas delegation included former Minister of Education Alfred Sears and First Secretary Frank Davis. 

The full text of the Minister's Statement may be downloaded here.

Bahamians In South Africa

While in Johannesburg, the delegation hosted the Bahamians who study and work in Johannesburg to a dinner. The photo shows the group after dinner on Friday 25th May from left: Olu Tinubu, Valron Grimes holding Hiram Tinubu (both doctors doing their specialty training), Minister Fred Mitchell, Delica Wood-Thompson (holding Eli Thompson) standing in front of Eddison Thompson (both doctors doing their specialty training), Rana Greene (doctor doing her specialty training), Rafique Symonette (Bahamian in financial services in South Africa), Alfred Sears former Minister.