Today, in common with the 56 Member-States of the Commonwealth of Nations, we celebrate Commonwealth Day. This year’s observance is under the Theme “Forging a sustainable and peaceful common future” which combines the commitment of member states to support the promotion of peace, prosperity, and sustainability. This objective is particularly geared towards the pursuit of a better future for our young people and to generally improve the lives of all Commonwealth citizens.

It is notable that, as we in The Bahamas celebrate our 50 th year as an Independent Nation, it is also the 50th anniversary of the Commonwealth Youth Program (CYP). Through that organization, many of our people have already benefitted, and more opportunities will become available in the future.

Against this background, I take this opportunity to remind our young people to be even more aware that your future, and that of our Nation, lies within your hands. You must therefore be fully prepared to seize the opportunities which become available. With proper preparation and qualifications, you will be ready to face the future as qualified and effective citizens, and you will earn the regard and gratitude of your parents, your teachers and all the members of your community. As is commonly said, “the ball is in your hands.”

Happy Commonwealth Day! And may God continue to bless our Commonwealth of The Bahamas.


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