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CARICOM Leaders To Meet June 19-21 In Washington, DC.

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In preparation for the upcoming regional conference on the Caribbean from June 19-21, in Washington, DC., Ambassadors and Consuls General from the fifteen member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are to meet with their constituents within the next two weeks to formulate an agenda.

Billed as a 20/20 Vision Conference on the Caribbean to be convened in the nation’s capital, Washington, DC from June 19-21, 2007, leaders from the highest offices in the region from Prime Ministers to Presidents and Premiers will use this unique opportunity to discuss threats and challenges to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The conference is also expected to include a meeting with US President George W. Bush on a range of topics germane to the Caribbean community.

The leadership conference and the presidential summit come at a time when much attention will be focused on the contribution of Caribbean nationals – past and present – to the development of the United States during Caribbean Heritage Month (June).

In preparing for the CARICOM Leaders Summit, members of the Diplomatic Corp will be going cross country, meeting with constituents in an effort to better gauge their concerns and agenda items.

Using the very effective town hall format, Caribbean New Yorkers will meet on Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 pm at the Polytechnic University (Dibner Auditorium), 5 Metrotech Center on Jay Street, downtown Brooklyn.

Following yesterday’s meeting of the New York Caribbean Consular Corp to finalize plans for the town hall meting, Jamaica’s Consul General and former chairman, Dr. Basil K. Bryan, said that the town hall meeting and the upcoming leaders conference, will go a far way in strengthening relationships within the Caribbean American Diaspora.

Dr. Bryan pointed out that as the region comes together as a single market and economy, the strengthening of relationships with the United States was pivotal. He said that the shared legacy of the Cricket World Cup championship currently underway in the region, will help to accelerate the realization of the spirit of ‘one Caribbean’ and to further engage the Diaspora to the greater possibilities that lie in the people.

From New York, the next meeting stop will be at the West Indian Social Club, Hartford, Connecticut on Friday, March 30, at 6:30 pm. The Pennsylvania meeting will take place at the New Testament Church Of God, 935 Rev Felix Poyser Way (South 53rd Street), Philadelphia, on Saturday, March 31, 2007 starting at 7:00 pm.

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