Julissa Reynoso
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Video Blog
Washington, DC
May 24, 2010

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QUESTION: What is the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative?

DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY REYNOSO: The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative or CBSI as it’s known, is an initiative, a Caribbean-U.S. initiative that we have been working on for the last year or so that we are officially going to launch this week on the 27th. It’s an effort by the Caribbean countries and the United States to better coordinate security matters and justice matters with respect to protection of our citizens.

QUESTION: Can you tell me a little bit about the origins of CBSI?

DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY REYNOSO: This initiative came about from a commitment by President Obama last year at the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago to work more closely with the hemisphere on issues of security and justice reform.

QUESTION: Can you tell me a bit about some of the programs that the U.S. will support through CBSI?

DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY REYNOSO: We’re aiming to coordinate and invest in anti-trafficking, countering narcotics related matters, and we’re also going to be investing in education and prevention programs as well.

QUESTION: How does the launch of CBSI reflect on the U.S. relationship with countries of the Caribbean?

DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY REYNOSO: It demonstrates our deep commitment to work closely with the nations of the Caribbean and to better coordinate in order to have greater impact in terms of combating crime and other safety concerns that are affecting the Caribbean nations and obviously affecting the United States as well.

[This is a mobile copy of Caribbean Basin Security Initiative]