CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Weds. July 21, 2010: A top U.S. State Department official is set to kick off a tri-Caribbean nation tour this Sunday.
Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo A. Valenzuela is slated to travel to The Bahamas, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago on July 25th for a five day through July 30th.
He will meet with senior officials to discuss issues of mutual interest, including the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, economic opportunity and competiveness, energy, environment, and health initiatives.
While in The Bahamas, the assistant secretary, according to the State Department, will meet with high level government officials, Bahamian journalists, business leaders, and prominent members of academia.
Assistant Secretary Valenzuela will then travel to Jamaica where he will meet with senior government officials, as well as young Jamaican entrepreneurs, youth advocates, social/community-based activists, and leaders of the academic and business communities, the Department said Tuesday.
Valenzuela will conclude his trip in Trinidad and Tobago where he will meet with newly-elected and appointed government officials there. He also will meet with academics and students, local media representatives, and community leaders.