The Department of State and USAID are at the forefront of efforts across the government to advance U.S. interests by engaging with the Caribbean on security, diplomacy, prosperity, energy, education, and health. The U.S. Department of State delivered to Congress its U.S.-Caribbean 2020 report on July 23, 2019, which describes these successes.
The Report to Congress on Progress of Public Law (P.L.) 114-291: Efforts to Implement the Strategy for U.S. Engagement with the Caribbean Region reflects the United States Government’s deepening engagement with the region over the last two years. Activities occurred under the U.S.-Caribbean 2020 Engagement Strategy and the U.S.-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act.
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s work to identify private sector investment opportunities, the State Department’s increase in Fulbright scholarships and educational exchanges, USAID’s prevention of youth crime and violence, and PEPFAR’s technical assistance to improve access to HIV therapies represent the breadth of U.S. government engagement. Additionally, the Department launched the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership in April 2019, to work with our neighbors in the region to build regional capacity to confront natural disasters through risk reduction, building resilient communities and improving disaster response. In the midst of the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis, the hospital ship USNS Comfort is currently en route to several islands to supply medical services.
The report includes a list of U.S. government activities and programs that highlights engagement in the region.