Caribbean-US officials meet on security issues in the Bahamas
Caribbean and United States officials are Wednesday meeting here to discuss emerging threats to citizens and their communities in the region.
The United States Department of State says top US officials will participate in the three-day United States-Caribbean High-Level Citizen Security Dialogue (HLCSD.
The State Department said that the US delegation comprises Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta S. Jacobson, Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) William R. Brownfield, and Acting Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean Beth Hogan of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
It said the three-day event”strengthens the United States? citizen security partnership with the Caribbean, defines current and emerging threats to citizens and their communities and results in collaborative responses to address them”.
The meeting comes as the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) marks its fifth anniversary.
The meeting is closed to the press, but the State Department said Jacobson will lead a discussion on the CBSI and future opportunities for collaboration.
It said Brownfield will lead a discussion on countering narcotics trafficking in the Caribbean, and Hogan will lead a discussion on challenges impacting Caribbean youth.
During her visit to The Bahamas, Jacobson will also hold bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Perry Christie and Foreign Minister Frederick Mitchell.
She will also engage with senior government officials and leaders from the private, education, and civil society sectors, the State Department said.
The State Department said CBSI brings all members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Dominican Republic together to collaborate with the United States on efforts to reduce illicit trafficking, increase public safety and security, and address underlying causes of crime and insecurity throughout the Caribbean.