May 24, 2004 – Caribbean trade ministers are in Miami for a meeting aimed at strengthening the relationship between the region and the United States, and Delegate Donna M. Christensen attended a session on Monday, according to a release from her office.
Sponsored by the Inter-American Economic Council, the meeting is designed to provide the trade ministers an opportunity to review the multilateral relationship between the United States and the CARICOM member states, the release stated.
"Because so much of what occurs in the wider Caribbean has a direct impact upon the Virgin Islands and my constituents, I always try to attend meetings of this kind to ensure that the interest of the Virgin Islands is not adversely affected," Christensen said.
As a founding member of the Congressional Caribbean Caucus, she was among the lawmakers invited to participate in a session with the ministers and South Florida and Caribbean business leaders. The overall meeting agenda includes the status of Free Trade Area of the Americas negotiations, a border initiative, port security, the Patriot Act and foreign investment, the release said.
"I look forward to interacting with a number of my friends from the Caribbean as we look for ways to lessen the impact of the various trade and other matters that have the potential of severely weakening their economies," Christensen said.
Attending the meeting are delegations from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago; and from the CARICOM Secretariat and the Organization of American States.
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