For Immediate Release

Bahamian High Commissioner Nominated for Multilateral Representation of the Caribbean

HE Eldred Bethel

HE Eldred Bethel

London, UK – April 20, 2016 – His Excellency Eldred Bethel, High Commissioner of The Bahamas to the Court of St James, has been shortlisted from over 100 government nominations this year for the 4th Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. The award recognises outstanding politicians and diplomats who are representing civilian interests at the highest level in areas of policy, social and business overall. Mr Bethel is nominated for his work on representing the Bahamas on a multilateral platform.

The Bahamas is currently enjoying its 43rd anniversary of independence with a mixture of successes and challenges. The island is the leading Caribbean region tourist destination, and the tourism sector has long been the engine of the Bahamian economy.

As one of the smallest countries in the Caribbean, the Bahamas has been severely impacted by extreme weather conditions, devastating several farming islands and import businesses. The tourist industry has also affected by the Air Passenger Duty imposed by the UK on long-haul flights, making it more expensive for tourists to travel into the Caribbean. These multiple challenges have been tackled at a multilateral and domestic level.

Mr Bethel notes that his diaspora are scattered across the UK, making it difficult to bringing people together. However, he is en route to getting the Bahamas involved in the Notting Hill Carnival, which is the biggest Caribbean festival in London celebrating Caribbean food and culture. Members of his diaspora are also highly educated, many on whom move into the practice of law and medicine both at home and abroad. The High Commissioner is currently pursuing methods of bringing the community together to benefit from cultural and technical swap of knowledge.

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Executive Director of Grassroot Diplomat, said: “All too often, we hear stories of our governments not representing our needs but Grassroot Diplomat looks upon selfless individuals in a position of power, who work tirelessly for their communities. The award seeks to create a culture of positive role models within our governments which encourages others like them to follow suit. Grassroot Diplomat winners go beyond their job descriptions and those shortlisted for the award should be proud to be recognised this far.”

Mr Bethel is also an accredited Head of Mission to Malta, Belgium, France, Germany, and Greece. The Bahamas is also the only Caribbean island in the International Maritime Organisation which makes up a significant proportion of the High Commissioner’s already-packed portfolio. 

Join HE Eldred Bethel and other government nominees for the gala dinner at The May Fair Hotel, London on Wednesday 20th April, 2016. For ticket information please visit: http://www.grassrootdiplomat.org/book-tickets or call 07511 816689.

Further details about the awards can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org/annual-awards

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Contact
Nina Maxwell
Grassroot Diplomat
Voice Message: +44 (0) 207 608 5532
media@grassrootdiplomat.org
www.grassrootdiplomat.org

Syann Thompson
The Bahamas High Commission
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 408 4488
sthompson@bahamashclondon.net

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