U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson Makes First Official Familiarization Visit to Eleuthera

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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson meets with eco-club students at Preston Albury High School in South Eleuthera. (Photo State Dept.)

On April 12-14, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson, accompanied by U.S. Embassy representatives, visited Eleuthera for a three-day visit that included courtesy calls on island administrators, local government officials and key partners and stakeholders in the business, trade and industrial sectors.  During the meetings, Chargé Johnson engaged in productive discussions on areas of mutual interest including foreign direct investment, environmental protection and conservation, and opportunities for American businesses.

While on Eleuthera, Chargé Johnson visited Harbour Island and Spanish Wells to learn more about government and business activities in the area.  She also went hiking in the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve outside Governor’s Harbour with park director Falon Cartwright and botanist Dr. Ethan Freid.  During the meeting, she expressed her support for the Bahamas National Trust and spoke with them about expansion of the national park system and educational opportunities.

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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson discusses bonefish research with representatives at the Cape Eleuthera Institute. (Photo State Dept.)

Chargé Johnson later visited Haynes Library, a library and resource center with over 10,000 books supported by American donors.  During her tour of the facility, she met with Haynes Library President Michelle Johnson and members of the Board of Directors. She also met with four Americans interns from West Chester University of Pennsylvania who are currently participating in a two-month program that provides support for special needs students on Eleuthera.

Chargé Johnson’s visit concluded in South Eleuthera where she met with representatives of One Eleuthera Foundation, Cape Eleuthera Institute and a representative of the Eleuthera Chamber of Commerce to discuss environmental issues and business activities that encourage development on the island.  She also spoke with students and staff at Deep Creek Middle School and the Island School about their activities aimed to protect the environment, in addition to discussing recycling and the U.S. Embassy’s Youth Ambassador’s program with eco-club students at Preston Albury High School.

The Youth Ambassadors Program is a three-week exchange in the United States for high school students and adult mentors that focuses on themes such as civic education, community service and youth leadership development.  This year’s program is open to Bahamian high school students between 15 and 18 years old who live in Eleuthera.  More information can be found at https://bs.usembassy.gov/embassy/nassau/youth-ambassadors-program/.