Vice President Kamala Harris spoke with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness today to congratulate him and the Jamaican people on the 60th anniversary of their independence.
The Vice President informed Prime Minister Holness that the United States will provide $2 million to support the establishment of a Cyber Center of Excellence to be located in Jamaica for the benefit of the region, and they discussed the importance to invest more in cybersecurity.
The Vice President and Premier Holness welcomed progress on three short-term joint U.S.-Caribbean committees that President Biden and the Vice President launched in June to produce concrete, short-term solutions to urgently resolve food security, energy security and financial challenges. facing the region.
This call is part of the Biden-Harris administration’s ongoing efforts to elevate engagement with Caribbean leaders given our shared interests and shared ties. The Vice President met with Premier Holness on March 30, where they discussed a range of issues including security, COVID recovery and economic growth. On April 29the vice-president convened virtually and on June 9, President Biden and the Vice President summoned Caribbean leaders to the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. In today’s call and throughout these engagements, the Vice President has made it clear that the United States, as a neighbor in the Western Hemisphere, values our partnerships with Caribbean nations and that we are committed to solving the region’s most pressing problems together.