On September 10, 2011, Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham met with visiting Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan in Nassau. Both sides pledged to further enhance bilateral cooperation in all areas.
Wang first conveyed the 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 Bahamas has become an important trading partner of China in the Caribbean region. In the next stage, the two sides should work together to ensure the smooth implementation of the projects of an airport expressway and an island resort in Bahamas, well implement economic and technological cooperation projects and enhance tourism cooperation. The Chinese side welcomes Bahamas to provide Chinese tourists with visa facilitation.
China welcomes Bahamian entrepreneurs to participate in economic and trade activities in China and will continue encouraging Chinese businesses to invest in Bahamas, he said. China is ready to further deepen bilateral pragmatic cooperation in all areas and push the ties for all-round, in-depth development.
Ingraham asked Wang to convey his cordial greetings to Premier Wen. Bahamas is thankful for China's long-standing support, including the timely assistance China recently offered in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Bahamas welcomes Chinese investment, especially investment in large and significant projects, the prime minister said, while expressing the hope that more Chinese tourists will visit the island country after the completion of the Chinese-funded island resort.
Following the meeting, Wang witnessed the signing of bilateral agreements between the two governments. On the evening of the same day, Wang also attended a welcome banquet hosted by the Bahamian government.
Wang is scheduled to leave for Trinidad and Tobago on September 11 to attend the third China-Caribbean Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum.