Event Recap

New Atlanticist

Jan 18, 2023

Bahamian prime minister urges action on climate change, financial inclusion, and regional cooperation

By Nick Fouriezos

Philip Davis, prime minister of The Bahamas and chair of the Caribbean Community, told the Atlantic Council that the region is ready to take action on improving energy security and economic development.

Caribbean Climate Change & Climate Action

The Atlantic Council hosted an #ACFrontPage conversation with the Hon. Philip Davis, prime minister of The Bahamas and chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on the trajectory for US-Caribbean relations during what will be a pivotal year for the partnership.

CARICOM is facing several daunting challenges. High inflation, including fast-rising costs for food and fuel, is slowing the return to pre-pandemic economic growth rates. The region is aiming to attract new foreign investment, shepherd emerging industries, and reduce its dependency on imports. With five Caribbean leaders visiting Washington on the back of the newly announced Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030, last year marked a hopeful milestone for US-Caribbean cooperation. How can CARICOM build on this momentum in 2023?

In his first trip to Washington as head of government, Davis joined us for a conversation on his vision for CARICOM and the US-Caribbean relationship in advance of his meeting with top US officials. What steps should the US government and private sector take to promote regional energy resilience, food security, and financial inclusion? How can the United States, The Bahamas, and the rest of CARICOM work together to set the region up for long-term success?

An #ACFrontPage Event

Atlantic Council Front Page is our premier live ideas platform for global leaders to discuss the defining challenges of our time. #ACFrontPage is a high-level event series featuring top newsmakers across multiple digital platforms. Harnessing the convening power and expertise of the Council’s sixteen programs and centers, #ACFrontPage leverages the Council’s capabilities in social media, press, and digital outreach to spotlight the world’s most prominent leaders and the most compelling ideas across sectors and engage new audiences eager for nonpartisan and constructive solutions to current global challenges. This widely promoted program features the Council’s most important guests and content serving as the highlight of our programming.

Opening remarks

Adrienne Arsht
Executive Vice Chair; Founder, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center;
Founder, Adrienne Arsht – Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center
Atlantic Council

Melanie Chen
Board Member; Founder, Caribbean Initiative
Atlantic Council

The Honourable Philip Davis
Prime Minister, Commonwealth of The Bahamas
Chair, Caribbean Community (CARICOM)


Jason Marczak
Senior Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center broadens understanding of regional transformations and delivers constructive, results-oriented solutions to inform how the public and private sectors can advance hemispheric prosperity.