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Financial de-risking in the Caribbean: The US implications and what needs to be done
Over the past several years, most Caribbean governments and banks have seen a steady decline in correspondent banking relationships as institutions across the world deem the region as too small to be profitable due to high compliance costs and the perception that the region is a high-risk jurisdiction. The Financial Inclusion Task Force outlines policy recommendations that can strengthen financial inclusion and access across the region.
Issue Brief Sep 20, 2022
PACC2030: Quick wins for a US-Caribbean partnership on climate and energy resilience
PACC2030’s success is crucial for CARICOM countries and the United States, and it needs to deliver in the short term to generate confidence that the United States is committed to a sustainable partnership.
New Atlanticist Sep 15, 2022
Is US-Caribbean diplomacy finally on the right track?
We reached out to our experts from the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center to break down the White House’s new commitments and how this diplomatic relationship can improve in the future.
Caribbean Initiative’s Congressional Engagement
The Caribbean Initiative’s Financial Inclusion Task Force sets the agenda in Barbados
On April 13, 2022, Senior Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Jason Marczak and Assistant Director of the Caribbean Initiative Wazim Mowla traveled to Barbados to present the four main recommendations from the Financial Inclusion Task Force report “Financial de-risking in the Caribbean: US implications and what needs to be done” at a financial access roundtable. The roundtable was co-chaired by Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley and Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee Congresswoman Maxine Waters. The CARICOM Heads of Government in attendance agreed to establish an annual US-Caribbean Banking Forum – the third recommendation of the Task Force’s report. At the subsequent press conference, Prime Minister Mottley referenced the contributions made by the Atlantic Council, stating “We had representatives of the Atlantic Council, as they had done a policy paper on this issue in March of this year that helped inform many of our discussions.” In attendance were nine CARICOM Heads of Government, six members of Congress, and representatives from the region’s private sector and multilateral institutions.
The Caribbean Initiative applauds the US vaccine donation to CARICOM
The Caribbean Initiative is pleased to have played a supporting role after the Biden-Harris Administration announced in August 2021 that it will donate 5.5 million COVID-19 vaccines to CARICOM member states. At a February 2021 #ACFrontPage event, Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley in his capacity as CARICOM Chair issued a call to action on the importance of equitable vaccine distribution to the Caribbean. Alongside a diverse set of stakeholders. the Initiative launched a series of public and private consultations to emphasize the importance of vaccines for Caribbean economic recovery and the well-being of its populations. These discussions informed a policy brief, “The Strategic Importance of Sending US Vaccines to the Caribbean (June 2021),” which emphasized how substantial US vaccine donation to the Caribbean could help economies to re-open safely, as well as further US geopolitical interests, reactivate US-bound tourism, and strengthen partnerships with neighbors. The brief recommended that the United States donate to the English-speaking Caribbean and Suriname, 4 million vaccines through CARPHA, ultra-cold temperature vaccine freezers, and additional COVID-19 supplies – all recommendations that came to fruition with the Biden-Harris Administration’s announcement. The Caribbean Initiative sees this donation as a great example of the benefits of the US-Caribbean partnership.