From May 25-27, 2023, The Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Wendall K. Jones, met with leaders in the public and private sectors during his first official trip to Chicago. The Honorable Michael C. Fountain, Bahamas Honorary Consul to Chicago, facilitated the engagements during the Ambassador’s trip.

While in Chicago, Ambassador Jones engaged in discussions to condition the environment for the Prime Minister, Philip Davis, KC, MP, to formally enter into strategic partnership agreements with U.S. stakeholders during his visit. Honorary Consul Fountain facilitated bilateral meetings with the City of Chicago, World Business Chicago, and executive leadership of the Shedd Aquarium and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Local leaders engaged Ambassador Jones regarding Bahamian business markets, economic development, education, energy policy, investment, marine science and research, tourism and training, and employment opportunities for Bahamians in the Commonwealth and the Midwest Jurisdiction.

Further, Ambassador Jones and Honorary Consul Fountain shared details for the 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations occurring throughout the year.

Additionally, WVON interviewed Ambassador Jones regarding his role as U.S. Ambassador of The Bahamas.

Ambassador Jones also took time to meet with members of the Bahamian diaspora in Chicago at a dinner hosted by Honorary Consul Fountain and Executive Chef Jeffrey Crittenden.