SAN JUAN – Representatives from Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago will make presentations during a meeting this week in Kingston between Caribbean Community leaders and U.S. President Barack Obama.
Obama is scheduled to arrive Wednesday and will be received by Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller before they both proceed to a CARICOM-U.S. conference focused on trade and energy security, among other issues, the St. Kitts and Nevis government said in a statement.
“This is an important summit. President Obama, by coming to us, is signaling the continuing interest of the USA in constructive engagement in the Caribbean,” St. Kitts Prime Minister Timothy Harris said.
Harris will be attending the CARICOM-U.S. meeting with a delegation including Energy Minister Ian Patches Liburd and Foreign Minister Mark Brantley.
Obama and the CARICOM heads of government are expected to proceed from the high-level encounter in Jamaica to Panama City for the 6th Summit of the Americas, set for April 10-11.
CARICOM members are: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.