PM Roosevelt Skerrit meets US VP Kamala Harris at US Caribbean Leaders Meet

Prime Minister of Dominica Dr Roosevelt Skerrit with US Vice President Kamala Harris in Nassau, Bahamas on Thursday 8 June 2023
Prime Minister of Dominica Dr Roosevelt Skerrit with US Vice President Kamala Harris in Nassau, Bahamas on Thursday 8 June 2023

Dominica: Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit met the Vice President of the United States of America, Kamala Harris, at the US Caribbean Leaders Meeting.

The historic meeting was co-hosted by Bahamian Prime Minister Philip Davis alongside US Vice President Kamala Harris in Nassau, Bahamas, on Thursday. Heads of government from the CARICOM Community participated in the meeting.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit talked to US VP Kamala Harris and discussed wide areas of concern such as climate change, energy and food crises.

CARICOM Leaders with US VP Kamala Harris during the US Caribbean Leaders meeting in Nassau, Bahamas on 8 June 2023

CARICOM Leaders with US VP Kamala Harris during the US Caribbean Leaders meeting in Nassau, Bahamas on 8 June 2023

After the meeting, PM Roosevelt Skerrit took to Twitter and said he was pleased to meet with US Vice President Kamala Harris for wide-ranging discussions on climate change, energy & food security, among other areas of concern.

“The meeting of US Caribbean Leaders concluded in the Bahamas on Thursday. We discussed the importance of collaboration and cooperation to address these challenges and build a more sustainable and resilient future for the region,” PM Roosevelt Skerrit.

During her opening remarks, Vice President Harris also emphasized the importance of the meeting in enhancing the relationship between the United States and the Caribbean region. She said she looks forward to strengthening the relations and assisting the small nations in overcoming several matters of concern, including climatic changes, and gun violence.

US Vice President Kamala Harris while addressing the US Caribbean Leaders meeting in Nassau, Bahamas on 8 June 2023

US Vice President Kamala Harris while addressing the US Caribbean Leaders meeting in Nassau, Bahamas on 8 June 2023

The meeting is regarded as one of the most significant as the Caribbean leaders pledged to work with the Biden-Harris administration on several major aspects. The leader vowed to take important steps forward on climate funding and security issues, including illegal weapons trafficking from the United States to the region.

During the meeting, Vice President Harris introduced several new initiatives, including measures to combat security threats and firearms trafficking, address the crisis in Haiti, strengthen efforts to tackle the climate crisis through the US-Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030 (PACC 2030) and matters of security and firearms trafficking.

The United States also pledged significant financial support for humanitarian aid in Haiti, climate adaptation projects, and improved access to development financing. VP Harris also announced more than US$100 million in new assistance for the Caribbean region.

While talking about PACC 2030, VP Harris noted that she discussed powerful storms that could wipe out economic progress and low-lying nations that face erosion, flooding, and deadly storm surges from rising sea levels.

She added that these discussions resulted in establishing the US-Caribbean Partnership to address the Climate Crisis to help accelerate the Caribbean’s transition to clean energy and to promote energy security and climate resilience.

All these matters were of high significance for the Caribbean leaders as well as VP Kamala Harris, as she highlighted that strengthening the U.S.-Caribbean relationship is a priority for her, as it is for President Joe Biden.

The office of the prime minister of Dominica also shared the information. It said, “PM Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit participated in the meeting of US Caribbean Leaders in Nassau, Bahamas, alongside esteemed regional leaders on Thursday. US Vice President Kamala Harris discussed several issues in the meeting, including climate change, energy, and food security.”

The visit of the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, to Nassau to participate in the high-level meeting has been considered a historic event. She became the highest-ranking US government official ever to visit The Bahamas since 1973.

The preparations for the high-level meeting started several days before, and earlier this week, a US Air Force craft landed in the Bahamas with different supplies for the convoy of the Vice President.

Notably, the 2023 US-Caribbean Leaders Meeting was the fourth (4th) multilateral meeting the United States Vice President has hosted with the Caribbean leaders in the Bahamas. Previous meetings were held in April, June, and September of 2022.