Brooklyn, N.Y. – Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement on the release of a new Department of State strategy for engagement with the Caribbean. The strategy was mandated by the U.S.–Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act.
“This reports marks an important step in the relationship between the United States and the nations of the Caribbean region, providing a framework for our shared work on issues from economic development and education to national security and fighting climate change. As the daughter of immigrants from the Nation of Jamaica and the proud representative of a vibrant Caribbean American community in Brooklyn, as well as Co-Chair of the Caribbean Caucus, I am excited to pursue the opportunities for collaboration discussed in this report. In addition, I want to thank the Department of State for its commitment to involving members of the Caribbean diaspora in the United States in this conversation. As we move forward, their many contributions will allow the United States to develop policies that genuinely reflect the needs of the Caribbean community here and abroad.”
“Now, the Department of State must work toward implementing these commitments, including efforts to lower the cost of energy, combat infectious disease, and increase diplomatic engagement in the region. I thank Representatives Eliot Engel and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for their work on this issue and look forward to working together to strengthen US support for our Caribbean brethren.”