Conversations with America: U.S.-Jamaica Relations during President Obama’s Administration
Ambassador Curtis Ward and Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater, then U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica
March 16, 2012
Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater, U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica, and Ambassador Curtis Ward, former ambassador of Jamaica to the United Nations and currently President of the Caribbean Research and Policy Center have a conversation on U.S.-Jamaica Relations, moderated by Deputy Assistant Secretary Cheryl Benton, from the Department of State in Washington, D.C. on March 16, 2012.
In light of the future effect of President Trump’s budget cuts on USAID and other U.S.-Jamaica programs, it is worth revisiting these issues. The issues discussed include: security programs under President Obama’s Caribbean Basin Security Initiative; curbing illicit trafficking in firearms from the U.S. to Jamaica; U.S. assistance in putting in place a safety net for the vulnerable population in light of expected conditions under then impending IMF agreement; all USAID programs in Jamaica; developing alternative energy resources in Jamaica; and increased access to student visas to attend tertiary institutions in the U.S.
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