May 12, 2023

FACT SHEET: Vice President Harris Announces New Initiatives to Strengthen U.S

Vice President Kamala Harris and Prime Minister Philip Davis of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas will host the U.S-Caribbean Leaders Meeting in Nassau, The Bahamas on June 8, 2023. This meeting will build on the Vice President's previous meetings with Caribbean leaders in April 2022, at the June 2022 Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, and in September 2022. The Vice President's trip delivers on the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to advance cooperation with the Caribbean.

In pursuit of shared prosperity and security, and in recognition of the close ties between our nations, the Vice President is announcing the following new activities that address: (1) security and firearms trafficking; (2) the need for an enhanced diplomatic presence in the eastern Caribbean; (3) the crisis in Haiti; and (4) the U.S.–Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030 (PACC 2030). Today's announcements include more than $100 million in new assistance for the region.

Security and Firearms Trafficking;

Enhanced Diplomatic Presence


U.S.–Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030 (PACC 2030)

In June 2022, the Vice President and Caribbean leaders launched PACC 2030, the U.S. Government's flagship partnership with our Caribbean partners to advance climate adaptation, build resilience and expand clean energy access across the region.

To advance PACC 2030, today the Vice President is announcing the following new initiatives:

The following actions are intended to increase access to development financing for the Caribbean, a key pillar of PACC 2030:

Since the Vice President launched PACC 2030 in June 2022, there has been a whole-of-government effort to implement the objectives, and we have made significant progress. Highlights of progress thus far include:

Improving access to development financing:

Facilitating clean energy project development and investment

Enhancing Local Capacity Building


Security and Firearms Trafficking; Department of Justice Firearms Coordinator Crime Gun Intelligence Unit: Haiti Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit (TCIU): Regional Forensics Accreditation: Caribbean Law Enforcement Capacity Building: U.S.-UK Eastern Caribbean Criminal Justice Advisor Program: Enhanced Diplomatic Presence New Diplomatic Presence in Eastern Caribbean Haiti Assistance for the Haitian People: Support for Extension of HOPE/HELP Trade Preferences Program U.S.–Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030 (PACC 2030) Caribbean Climate Investment Program (CCIP): Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience: Operationalize Climate Resilience Initiative: Sharing Climate Expertise: Caribbean Islands Higher Education Resilience Consortium: Storm Risk Surge Mapping: World Bank Evolution: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group: Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII): Climate Resilient Debt Clauses: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Resilience and Sustainability Trust: IMF Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust: Barbados Blue-Green Investment Corporation: Guyana: Antigua and Barbuda Renewable Energy Dominica and Saint Kitts and Nevis Geothermal Development Barbados, Jamaica and Suriname Dominican Republic Energy Storage Regulatory Roadmap Dominican Republic Energy Cybersecurity and Jamaica Rooftop Solar Dominican Republic Clean Energy Transition and Concessional Finance: Saint Lucia Solar-Plus-Storage Microgrids Saint Lucia Electricity Sector Reform: Trinidad and Tobago Clean Energy and Grid Resilience Support: Supporting Clean Energy Procurement Caribbean Energy Trade Mission Building Technical and Regulatory Capacity Support for Local 2030 Islands Network: Southeast and Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnership Stakeholder Engagement for Natural Hazards Investigations in the Caribbean: Workshop on Climate Services to Support Adaptation and Resilience in the Caribbean: Caribbean Regional Climate Outlook Forum: Jamaica