• 08 JUN 2023

CARICOM Heads Meet US Vice President In The Bahamas

Prime Minister Dr the Hon. Keith Rowley joined regional leaders in Nassau, The Bahamas for a high-level meeting with US Vice President Kamala Harris today (Thursday 08 June, 2023).

At the meeting, Dr. Rowley spoke on matters related to regional security and regional energy security.

The Prime Minister is the lead Head in CARICOM for Regional Security matters and co-Chairs the Caribbean/US Energy Security Action Committee.

Earlier today, Vice President Harris announced a suite of initiatives aimed at bolstering cooperation between the US and the Caribbean.

As it relates to security and firearms trafficking, the US will appoint an experienced prosecutor from the Department of Justice as a Coordinator for Caribbean Firearms Prosecutions.

This coordinator will work to implement the provisions of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act with its new criminal provisions on firearms trafficking and straw purchases.

The US has also pledged support for the regional Crime Gun Intelligence Unit (CGIU) established in Trinidad and Tobago.

The CGIU will facilitate gun intelligence sharing with international law enforcement partners, provide critical firearms and investigate training and assist the region with deterring and solving gun-related crimes.

Measures to develop financing in the Caribbean were also announced as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group shareholders have mandated that the bank should become more relevant and effective for Caribbean nations, by expanding private sector operations in the Caribbean.

A $20 million investment has been allocated for USAID to provide financial, technical assistance, and business development services through the Caribbean Climate Investment Program (CCIP) to enterprises deploying technologies in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate adaptation by mobilizing private finance and private sector-led actions.

Close to $15 million will be made available through USAID to support disaster risk reduction, emergency response capacity strengthening, and resilience building across the Caribbean.

US Vice President Harris highlighted the progress thus far since the launch of the Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030 (PACC 2030) in June 2022.

The US Department of State’s Power Sector Program is providing Trinidad and Tobago technical assistance for solar grid integration and regulation, renewable energy financial models and bankability, and capacity building to enhance grid resilience and climate adaptation.

Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Senator the Hon. Dr. Amery Browne was also present for today’s meeting.