Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Jamaica and Panama


Office of the Press Secretary


March 18, 2015

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Jamaica and Panama

The President will travel to Jamaica and Panama from April 8-11.  In Jamaica, President Obama will meet with leaders from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and with Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller to discuss our ongoing partnership with the region, including through the administration’s Caribbean Energy Security Initiative.

The President will then travel to Panama where he will participate with 34 other leaders in the Seventh Summit of the Americas.  While in Panama, President Obama will hold a bilateral meeting with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela, and meet with leaders from the Central American Integration System (SICA).


  1. CARICOM: An evolving relationship of what is between President Obama and Caribbean Leaders….Of the 15-member Caribbean Community regional grouping known as CARICOM—The establishment of the Caribbean Community and Common Market[CARICOM] was the result of a 15-year effort to fulfil the hope of regional integration which was born with the establishment of the British West Indies Federation in 1958 the West Indies Federation came to an end in 1962 but its end may be regarded as the real beginning of what is now the Caribbean Community………….The Summits of The Americas are institutionalized gatherings of The Heads of State and Government of The Western Hemisphere where Leaders discuss common policy issues, affirm shared values and commit to concerted actions at The National and Regional Level to address continuing and new challenges faced in Americas……The Seventh Summit of The Americas will be held in Panama City, Panama on April 10-11,2015…..What a great collaboration.

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