Housing Haitians a Priority for USA, so are Environmental concerns: Senior State Department Official with responsibility for Central America and the Caribbean visited Barbados

Julissa Reynoso, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State met with senior government officials and members of the private sector.

While here, Ms. Reynoso reviewed regional security and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative on the eve of the May 27 signing of the CBSI Political Declaration.

Ms Reynoso and Chargé d'affaires a.i. Brent Hardt in Wildey sharing with reporters & bloggers

Ms Reynoso and Chargé d'affaires a.i. Brent Hardt in Wildey sharing with reporters & bloggers

She interacted with climate change experts about adaptation strategies for the region and President Obama’s Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA).

I was among the members of the media who attended a briefing at the U.S. Embassy, Wildey, St. Michael over the weekend.

My concerns were environmental – what is the strategy to ensure Haitians receive adequate housing before the rainy season of this region really gets underway. One of the challenges according to Ms Reynoso is the fact so many entities responded at once, and now to streamline and coordinate those responses {CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK FOR THE AUDIO CLIP};-

There are 140 NGO’s offering assistance apart from all relevant official channels but the quest is on to ensure that Haitians will have durable long-lasting facilities to endure not only another quake but the elements

I was also curious what steps America will take to prevent another oil spill like what happened with BP off of Mississippi and Alabama, echoing the Exxon Valdez years ago, she made a simple pledge {CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK FOR THE AUDIO CLIP};-

While she cannot pre-suppose US Policymakers, in her belief, she could conceive far more stringent measures being enforced to prevent another ecological tragedy like what’s unfolding right now.

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