US officials travel to Bahamas for US-Caribbean high-level citizen security dialogue

The meeting occurs as the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) marks its fifth anniversary, and government officials from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean will attend.

During the working sessions, assistant secretary for western hemisphere affairs, Roberta Jacobson will lead a discussion on the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) and future opportunities for collaboration. Assistant secretary for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs (INL), William Brownfield will lead a discussion on countering narcotics trafficking in the Caribbean, and acting assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, Beth Hogan of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) will lead a discussion on challenges impacting Caribbean youth.

During her visit to The Bahamas, Jacobson will also hold bilateral meetings with Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie and Foreign Minister Frederick Mitchell. She will engage with senior government officials and leaders from the private, education, and civil society sectors.

While in Nassau, Brownfield will visit the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Marine Support Unit, participating in a harbor tour on an INL-funded interceptor vessel donated by the United States through CBSI. The vessel is the second of four planned CBSI vessel procurements, increasing the RBPF’s operational interdiction capacity as part of Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos.

The CBSI is one pillar of the US security strategy focused on citizen safety throughout the hemisphere. CBSI brings all members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Dominican Republic together to collaborate with the United States on efforts to reduce illicit trafficking, increase public safety and security, and address underlying causes of crime and insecurity throughout the Caribbean.

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