Caribbean: Obama announces initiatives for energy security and education


Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (third right, front row); President of the United States, Barack Obama (fourth left, front row); and CARICOM Heads of State and Government pose for an official photograph prior to the start of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-US Summit.

Obama announces initiatives for energy security and education

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday April 10, 2015, CMC – US President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a US$20 million effort to jumpstart private and public sector investment in clean energy projects in the Caribbean and Central America.

Obama made the announcement as he wrapped up a visit to Jamaica where he held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and then met Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government.  

“If we can lower these costs through the development of clean energy and increased energy efficiency we could unleash, I think, a whole host of additional investments and growth,” Obama said.

The proliferation of illegal guns in the Caribbean, trade, immigration and energy security were some of the other topics discussed by Obama and CARICOM leaders.

In her opening statement to the summit, Simpson Miller called for a stronger relationship between the US and CARICOM.

While CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Perry Christie of the Bahamas, said crime and security are major issues for the region.

At a town hall meeting with young people at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies, Obama highlighted an initiative to support leaders and entrepreneurs from the Caribbean and Central America.

The programme, valued at US$70 million is expected to focus on education, training and entrepreneurship.


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  • compton de castro  On 04/11/2015 at 4:36 am

    Why and who is woman not waving ? Photographic error ? Or dissent !😈

  • Thinker  On 04/11/2015 at 7:03 am

    Trinidad is the only other Caribbean country with a female Prime Minister, apart from Portia Simpson.

  • compton de castro  On 04/11/2015 at 8:50 am

    So why is she not waving ?

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 04/11/2015 at 1:39 pm

    Guyana’s Ramotar is the only one waving with his left hand.

    • compton de castro  On 04/11/2015 at 3:29 pm

      He must be “left handed” or “timid”…. or just wanted to show his hand…..Obama is quite tall….pictures tell a thousand words.😇

  • Clyde Duncan  On 04/11/2015 at 2:29 pm

    President Obama in Jamaica discussing the question of decriminalizing weed:

  • compton de castro  On 04/11/2015 at 3:23 pm

    Out of 10….9.9….
    The multinationals moving in bit. …..the .1

    Taxation of multinationals “corporate tax” addresses that issue.

    Tax havens like Bahamas Gibraltar et all needs to be regulated/monitored.
    Did not swiiss banks laundry money for Hitler during ww2.

    Policing banking is a major issue today as money can be moved so quickly
    and easily that keeping track/control is almost impossible.

    Overall enjoyed his responses to questions.

  • compton de castro  On 04/11/2015 at 3:34 pm

    The trinidadian female may have been “intimidated” by the macho male presence….or just simply not “sheepish” !
    Oil wealth is/has destroyed her country.
    Guns and drugs POP….with daily kidnappings. Shame !

  • Clyde Duncan  On 04/11/2015 at 4:55 pm

    I am not a doctor, but bursitis comes to mind – perhaps, they cannot wave because of a medical condition – who knows, with old people??

  • compton de castro  On 04/11/2015 at 5:57 pm


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