The Leaders attending CARICOM
During the occasion, the U.S President did underline the principal agenda of the summit as, maintenance of human right, combatting transnational crime, the effects of climate change and the production of clean, less expensive energy sources. He also announced a new fund ($20 million) to mobilize private investment in the clean energy sectors in the Caribbean and Central American region. These projects will be supported by the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and USAID. The U.S. with supports from community partners, will jointly supervise the progress of the projects so that necessary productive steps can be taken when required. OPIC will finance a 20 Mega Watt solar energy project in Jamaica, in addition to the existing 36 Mega Watt facility in Malvern, St. Elizabeth Parish. The joint working groups will educate and look for opportunities on clean energy generation, transportation and diversification. To improve the tourism in the region, the Department of Energy, with its Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and OPIC will undertake a program to make the tourist hotels energy efficient.
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), established in 1973, is an organization of 15 Caribbean nations and dependencies, formed with the objective to promote economic integration and cooperation among its members, to ensure that the benefits of integration are equitably shared, and to coordinate foreign policy.
Here is a picture of US President Barack Obama meeting Haitian President Michel Martell in Jamaica for the CARICOM summit
On April 9, 2015, the U.S President Obama had a one-day stopover in Kingston, Jamaica, to meet the Carribean leaders at a U.S- CARICOM summit and have discussions on issues under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. The essence of the summit was described by him as "we are bound by friendship and shared values, and by family. And we have a great stake in each other's success." He has also reaffirmed United States' commitment to the CARICOM partners for the advancement of economic development, security, and good governance.
Here is a picture taken on the occasion of the 24th Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). This session was held for the first time in Haiti on 18 and 19 February at Karibe Convention Center in Port-au-Prince.
Also present were representatives of Antigua&Barbuda,D Bahamas,Barbados,Belize,Dominica,Grenada,Guyana,Haiti,Jamaica, Montserrat,Saint Lucia,St.Kitts n Nevis,St. Vincent, Grenadines,Suriname,Trinidad and Tobago