Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 04, 2016 (SKNIS):  Caribbean Heads of Government have gathered in the US Capital, Washington D.C., where they will hold discussion with the U.S. Department of State on Border Security in the Caribbean and Increasing the Impact of U.S.—Caribbean Security Engagement on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

The two hour discussion will take place at the US Department of State while government, finance, and private sector leaders from the U.S. and representatives of the international community are presently gathered in Washington D.C. for the United States-Caribbean-Central American (US-CCA) Energy Summit from May 3-4.  The main objective of the Energy Summit is to promote a cleaner and more sustainable energy future in the Caribbean through improved governance, energy diversification, greater access to finance, and donor coordination.

Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris has led a delegation to Washington D.C. comprising of the Minister of Public Infrastructure with responsibility for Energy the Honourable Ian Patches Liburd, Cabinet Secretary Mrs. Josephine Huggins, and Justin Hawley, Representative at the Embassy of St. Kitts and Nevis to the United States of America.

Prime Minister Harris, who will be a part of the United States—Caribbean Heads of Government Citizen Security Discussion along with his counterparts is expected to hold discussion on border security in the Caribbean that will center on the United States and the Caribbean continuing to seek ways to strengthen their shared land and maritime borders to facilitate secure travel and trade, reduce the ability of criminals to traffic illicit goods, and prevent terrorists from operating in the region. The session will allow Caribbean leaders to discuss how the Caribbean is collectively strengthening the region’s borders and identify areas in which collectively they can strengthen or expand their collaboration.

The discussion on increasing the impact of U.S.—Caribbean Security Engagement will focus on how the United States and the Caribbean can collaborate with each other to advance their shared citizen security objectives through bilateral cooperation and regional engagement. The key question will be: How can the United States and the Caribbean increase the impact of their collective efforts through such senior-level dialogue?

The Citizen Security discussion is hosted and moderated by Counselor of the U.S. Department of State, Kristie Kenney.  Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley, will give opening remarks for the Caribbean and also closing remarks.

While in Washington D.C., Prime Minister Harris also met with the United States Department of the Treasure where the discussion was concentrated on correspondent banking.


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