C'bean institute hosts 'high-level diplomatic engagement'

Thursday, June 21, 2018

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WASHINGTON, Jamaica (CMC) — The Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), considered the leading Caribbean-American advocacy and development organization in the United States, says it is hosting a high-level diplomatic engagement today.

Dr Claire Nelson, ICS' Jamaican-born president and founder, said that during the 20th Annual Caribbean American Legislative Briefing and Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, HR 4939, the United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016, and “will be at the centre of deliberations.”

Nelson said setting the stage for the all-day briefing will be former Lt Governor of Florida, Jennifer Carroll, and Aisha Braveboy, the former Maryland State Delegate.
This will be followed by opening remarks from US Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Caribbean, Haiti and Canada, Ambassador Kenneth Merten; and Jerry Butler, executive director of the Inter-American Development Bank.
“This year's briefing reflects the growing strength of our Caribbean Diaspora leadership alliance, as well as the hope that Caribbean Americans have in HR 4939,” Nelson said.

She said the 20th Annual Caribbean American Legislative Briefing and Advocacy Day will also feature the diplomacy, security, prosperity, energy, education and health agenda, as outlined in the US Department of State's report on HR 4939 (Public Law 114-291).
Former foreign minister of Suriname, Marie Levens, and Earl Harris, deputy director of CARICOM IMPACS, are among the experts set to participate in the deliberation, Nelson said.

The Diplomacy Agenda, chaired by New York State Committeewoman, Scherie Murray concludes the day with a Joint Meeting on Diplomacy and Funding Panel.

“Financing the US strategy is a key element of our advocacy,” Murray said. “We are also bringing on board the next generation of Caribbean-American leaders to ensure that the Caribbean-American Legislative Briefing and Caribbean-American Heritage Month empower and connect the millennial generation of Caribbean-American leaders to policy.

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