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Bahamian Prime Minister Ingraham Meets with Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan
2011/09/11

On September 10, 2011, Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham met with visiting Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan in Nassau. Both made pledges to further enhance the bilateral cooperation in all areas.

Mr. Wang conveyed sincere greetings and good wishes from Premier Wen Jiabao to Ingraham. He noted that trade and economic cooperation between the two countries has continuously achieved new progress in recent years and that The Bahamas has become an important trading partner of China in the Caribbean region. What both sides should do next is to work closely together to ensure the smooth implementation of the projects of the Airport Gateway and the Baha Mar mega-resort in The Bahamas, to well implement economic and technological cooperation projects and enhance tourism cooperation. The Chinese side welcomes any move of The Bahamas aiming at simplifying visa process for Chinese tourists to travel to The Bahamas.

China welcomes Bahamian entrepreneurs to participate in economic and trade activities in China and will continue encouraging Chinese businessmen to invest in The Bahamas. He said China is willing to further deepen bilateral practical cooperation in all areas and to strive for an all-round, in-depth development in our bilateral relations.

Prime Minister Ingraham expressed his cordial greetings to Premier Wen Jiabao. He said The Bahamas is deeply appreciative of China's long-standing support to The Bahamas, including the timely assistance recently offered in the wake of Hurricane Irene. The Bahamas welcomes Chinese investment, in particular that in large and significant projects. He hoped that more Chinese tourists will visit this island country upon the completion of the Chinese-funded Cable Beach Resort.

Following the meeting, Mr. Wang together with Mr. Ingraham witnessed the signing of bilateral agreements between the two government. In the evening, Mr. Wang attended a welcome banquet hosted in his honor by the Bahamian government. Main entourage Commerce Minister Chen Deming, Vice General Secretary of State Council Jiao Huancheng, Chinese Ambassador Hu Shan, Vice General Secretary of State Council Bi Jingquan, Vice Foreign Minister Li Jingzhang, Vice Director General of National Development and Reform Peng Sen, Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao were also invited to relative activities.

Premier Wang Qishan is scheduled to leave for Trinidad and Tobago on September 11 to attend the third China-Caribbean Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum.

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