In 2021, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) members faced three major challenges – the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, and limited access to concessional financing which has weakened already vulnerable economies. Amid these challenges, the opportunity exists for the United States to deepen its presence in the Caribbean where China has become the single largest lender and donor in most countries.

How are climate change, COVID-19, and financial challenges affecting the US-Caribbean relationship? How can the United States and the Caribbean strengthen cooperation in their mutual interest? Why is renewed US-Caribbean collaboration vital?

Join the Caribbean Initiative at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on Friday, December 17, 2021, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. for a public, virtual conversation with CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Gaston Browne, on the importance to the US and the Caribbean of an enhanced relationship.

This conversation is part of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center’s Leaders of the Americas series, which spotlights prominent leaders and provides first-hand insight into and analysis of key opportunities, recent developments, and regional trends.

Keynote speaker

Hon. Gaston Browne
Prime Minister, Antigua and Barbuda
Chairman, CARICOM


Jason Marczak
Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

Opening remarks

Melanie Chen
Board Member
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.

This event is hosted in partnership with the Caribbean Policy Research Institute