Statement on the Appointment of the Hon. George Smith as Special Advisor on 50th Anniversary Events

Tue, Dec 6th 2022, 10:51 AM

 

Next year, 2023, will mark the 50th Year of the Independence of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas.
The preparation for and the celebration of the ‘Golden Jubilee’ of the Nation’s
Sovereignty must be worthy of this defining period in The Bahamas and the lives of its
People.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of the Hon George A. Smith as Special
Advisor on the preparation for the appropriate events leading to and after 10th July
2023. Mr Smith’s vast experience makes him ably suited to advise on such matters.
The nationwide events surrounding the period must focus on the struggles and
achievements of the Bahamian People, past and present, and celebrate them. This
appointment is for a period of one year.
Mr. Smith has also agreed to serve as the Non-resident Envoy to the Republic of
Singapore. His familiarity with Singapore, having visited the City State on numerous
occasions, makes him an ideal person to represent The Bahamas in Singapore. This
diplomatic appointment is for the normal period of such as an unpaid appointment.

ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER THE HON. PHILIP E. DAVIS, KC, MP

Next year, 2023, will mark the 50th Year of the Independence of the Commonwealth ofThe Bahamas.

The preparation for and the celebration of the ‘Golden Jubilee’ of the Nation’sSovereignty must be worthy of this defining period in The Bahamas and the lives of itsPeople.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of the Hon George A. Smith as SpecialAdvisor on the preparation for the appropriate events leading to and after 10th July2023. Mr Smith’s vast experience makes him ably suited to advise on such matters.The nationwide events surrounding the period must focus on the struggles andachievements of the Bahamian People, past and present, and celebrate them. Thisappointment is for a period of one year.

Mr. Smith has also agreed to serve as the Non-resident Envoy to the Republic ofSingapore. His familiarity with Singapore, having visited the City State on numerousoccasions, makes him an ideal person to represent The Bahamas in Singapore. Thisdiplomatic appointment is for the normal period of such as an unpaid appointment.

 

THE HON. GEORGE A. SMITH - BIOGRAPHY

Born at 'Sligo Lodge', located south of George Town, on Great Exuma, George Andrew Smith is a Real Estate Broker and Consultant. He attended schools at George Town, St. Augustine's College and Aquinas College.

First elected to Parliament in 1968, he served continuously for 29 years givingmeritorious service to the Government and People of The Bahamas. He was Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Lynden Pindling and a delegate to the London Conference on Independence in December 1972. Mr. Smith co-ordinated the preparation for Independence and was Chairman of the Secretariat which organized the celebration of Independence in 1973.

He served in the Cabinet of Sir Lynden for 1 1 years.

The Bahamas was established as a premier ship registration centre during his tenure as Minister of Transport. The improvements of the freight and transportation services throughout the Country also took place.

As Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries & Local Government, he inspired the accelerated production of agriculture and marine products and caused public administration in the Family Islands to be greatly improved. He ensured that Crown Land was granted to enterprising Bahamians, which meaningfully contributed to the economic empowerment of many Bahamians.

He was Chairman of Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation when cellular services were introduced and Chairman of the Hotel Corporation of The Bahamas, when the sale of the Radisson Hotel and adjoining properties took place, thus becoming the precursor of the development of the Baha Mar Resort.

He is a dedicated nationalist, who is deeply committed to the progressive advancement of The Bahamas and empowering ordinary Bahamians, a Roman Catholic and the proud father of three.