Regional leaders gearing for talks with President Obama

CARICOMFlagBridgetown, Barbados (CMC) — The prime ministers of Barbados, Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago will address the summit of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders and United States President Barack Obama in Jamaica later this week.

Obama arrives in Kingston on Wednesday for a two-day visit and will hold bi-lateral talks with his host Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

The regional leaders will meet with President Obama on Thursday and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, His Dominica counterpart, Roosevelt Skerrit and Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar will speak on the topics Competitiveness/Prosperity, Renewable Energy and Security respectively.

Newly elected St Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, who will be attending his first regional summit since his election last February, said he was looking forward to the meeting as it will give the region a further boost in its relationship with the United States.

“This is an important summit. President Obama by coming to us is signalling the continuing interest of the USA in constructive engagement in the Caribbean. The areas which seem most profitable relate to security, renewable energy and the competitiveness of the region. We look forward to more concrete outcomes and deliverables,” he added.

Regional leaders will meet in caucus on Wednesday prior to the summit with President Obama.

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