President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Doug Manchester as Ambassador to the Bahamas

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2017 President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate Doug Manchester as Ambassador to the Bahamas. If confirmed, “Papa” Doug Manchester of California will serve as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Commonwealth of ...
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COB Student Participates in IVLP Exchange for Young Political Leaders

On August 22, Mr.Travis Robinson paid a courtesy call on US Charge d'Affaires Lisa Johnson to discuss his recent participation in the U.S. State Department funded International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), titled: U.S. Elections: A Project for Young Political Leaders held from July 9-30th in the U.S.
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US Charge Meets with The Bahamas’ CEDAW Representative Marion Bethel

On August 17, Marion Bethel, paid a courtesy call to the U.S. Charge d’Affaires Lisa Johnson at the U.S. Embassy to discuss her recent appointment to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which will run for a period of four years. On June 22, Ms. Bethel was among 11 experts ...
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Remarks – Official Ceremony for Safeboat Handover to RBPF

Good morning.  Today I am delighted to officially present two 41-foot Apostle Marine Interceptors, built by SafeBoats International, to the Government of The Bahamas. These state-of-the art vessels are being transferred to the Marine Support Services Unit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force to increase its capacity for interdiction operations under Operation Bahamas, Turks and ...
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Op-Ed – The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Imagine three women anywhere in the world: a celebrity, a friend, a family member.  Research suggests that one of these three women will be the victim of gender-based violence at some point during her lifetime.  Violence against women is a global epidemic, and every one of us, whether we are aware of it or not, ...
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Remarks – Consular Appreciation Reception

Good evening.  Protocol having been established, it is a pleasure to welcome all of you this evening.  I would like to take a minute to say a few words about why we have invited each of you here tonight. The primary mission of U.S. embassies around the world is to promote the safety and welfare of ...
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Remarks – Official Fourth of July Ceremony to Commemorate 239th Anniversary of Independence

Your Excellency, Mr. Acting Prime Minister, distinguished guests, good evening. On behalf of the U.S. Mission to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, thank you for joining us this evening as we celebrate the two hundred and thirty-ninth anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America. I would like to acknowledge all the members ...
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Remarks – Southern Bahamas Disaster Conference

Remarks by U.S. Charge d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson Good evening.  It is my pleasure to welcome each of you to the latest in our series of joint Bahamian- United States Disaster Resilience Conferences.   Recent events continue to highlight the urgent need to ensure that our citizens — Bahamian and American — are prepared to deal ...
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Welcome Reception Onboard the USCG Cutter EAGLE

Ladies and gentlemen, good evening.  Thank you for joining us to welcome the United States Coast Guard Cutter EAGLE, along with her captain and crew to The Bahamas. The visit of this beautiful vessel, the sole U.S. government tall ship in active service, highlights the strong friendship shared between the United States and The Bahamas.  I ...
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Remarks – Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony

Remarks by U.S. Charge d’Affaires Lisa Johnson Your Excellency, Deputy Prime Minister, Ministers Nottage and Bell, distinguished guests, good morning. I would like to thank you all for joining us on this solemn occasion.  We are here today to honor our service members, to remember their courage and selfless dedication, and to say thank you ...
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Remarks – Zonta Club Presentation

Good afternoon.  President Bernadette Gibson and members of the Zonta Club of Nassau, thank you for inviting me to speak today.  First, I would like to commend the Zonta Club and all of you for your efforts to advance the status of women in The Bahamas and worldwide.  I have heard about your work and ...
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Op-Ed: Commemoration of Earth Day

Op-ed by U.S. Charge d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson On April 22, the United States will join countries around the world in commemorating the 45th anniversary of “Earth Day.”  This day gives us the chance to stop and think about the serious impact that climate change could have on our communities, and to recommit ourselves individually and ...
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Safeboat Handing Over and Commissioning Ceremony

Official Handing Over and Commissioning Ceremony of the 410 Apostle Interceptor Police Vessel Lisa A. Johnson, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Good Afternoon. Minister Nottage, Acting Commissioner Ferguson, I would like to begin by saying how happy I am to be able to officially present and hand over this, the second, 41-foot Safe Boat Apostle Marine Interceptor ...
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International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women

Good morning.  It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to today’s seminar on preventing and responding to gender-based violence. This seminar, which will be replicated tomorrow on five family islands, is the result of months of collaboration between the U.S. Embassy, the Pan-American Development Foundation, the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Ministry of Education, ...
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U.S. Interdiction Coordinator Awards Ceremony

Remarks by U.S. Charge d’Affaires Lisa Johnson Good morning.  It is a pleasure to be here as we recognize the accomplishments of a three-decade long partnership, Operation Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, better known as OPBAT.  The counter-narcotics cooperation our countries enjoy is essential for our citizens, our prosperity, and our mutual security.  We do ...
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Op-Ed: International Day of the Girl

“From Asia to Europe, from Africa to the Americas, nations that have embraced the ideas of equality and inclusion have emerged more stable, peaceful, and prosperous.  When countries empower girls to pursue their dreams, they not only fulfill a basic moral obligation, they also realize more fully their social and economic potential.” These words ring ...
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Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Technical Working Group Conference Opening Ceremony

Remarks by U.S. Charge d’Affaires Lisa Johnson Royal Bahamas Police Force Headquarters I want to take this opportunity to thank the Government of the Bahamas for hosting this Technical Working Group, and for their hospitality to all of the participants and presenters here with us.  I also want to thank all of you for participating ...
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Remarks: AMCHAM Reception

Remarks by U.S. Charge d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson Good evening, and welcome to Liberty Overlook.  This grand estate has been the official residence of the American Ambassador to The Bahamas for decades, and is a tangible symbol of the United States’ commitment to The Bahamas as one of our closest partners in this part of ...
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Remarks: Consular Appreciation Reception

Good evening.  Protocol having been established, it is a pleasure to be with you this evening.  I would like to take just a minute to say a few words on why we have invited each of you here tonight. The primary mission of any U.S. Embassy around the world is to promote the safety and ...
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