BahamasCoatofArmsThe Office of the Prime Minister issued a statement on Sunday, January 13th, announcing Prime Minister Minnis’ plans to travel to Europe on Monday morning, January 14th, 2019, to hold talks with officials of the European Commission, and to return on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019.  During his time away, Deputy Prime Minister K. Peter Turnquest will act as prime minister.   See full statement below.


“Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis will travel to Brussels, Belgium, on Monday morning to hold bilateral talks with high-ranking officials of the European Commission.

Discussions will focus on matters relating to the fulfillment by The Bahamas of its commitments to the EU, and how those commitments will be implemented by the financial services sector of The Bahamas.

Prime Minister Minnis will be promoting recent initiatives by the Government in the financial services sector.

The Prime Minister will outline recently passed legislation and a new framework aimed at strengthening industry regulations and protecting the financial services’ competitive edge as a leading international financial center.

“The Government is working diligently and in cooperation with industry stakeholders to do everything possible, in keeping with our national interests, to protect the financial services sector, while adhering to global standards,” said Prime Minister Minnis.

Attorney General Sen. the Hon. Carl Bethel; Viana Gardiner, COO PMDU; Stephen Coakley Wells, advisor to the Minister of Finance; Wendy Warren, CEO, Caystone Group; Michael Paton, Partner, Lennox Paton; and a team of advisors will accompany the Prime Minister to Brussels.

Prime Minister Minnis and his delegation will return to Nassau on Wednesday, January 16th.

Deputy Prime Minister K. Peter Turnquest will act as prime minister in the Prime Minister’s absence.”

January 13, 2019
Nassau, The Bahamas