Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke to serve as Co-Chairs of Invest Caribbean Agribusiness Forum 2017, and 24th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards set for November 16-17, 2017 in Washington DC

US Congressional Representatives Yvette Clarke and Stacey Plaskett, will serve as Co-Chairs of the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) 19th Annual convening of  Invest Caribbean Agri-Business Forum, Washington DC, which will focus on "Farm the Future: Resurgence and Resilience in the Agri-business Value Chain". 

Congresswoman Stacy PlaskettThe conference theme will allow participants to explore challenges and opportunities emerging for growing trade and investment in the Caribbean agribusiness sector, and in light of recent devastation across the Caribbean region, will pay special attention to the issue of disaster recovery in the agribusiness sector.

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett, Representative of the US Virgin Islands who serves on the House Agriculture Committee notes that ICAF 2017 focus on Resilience is welcome.  She adds. "given that agriculture producers in the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able to secure assistance from the various USDA Farm Service Agency disaster programs country, we hope that we can use this opportunity to explore how lessons learned in the USVI re risk coverage for specialty crops, and repair of damage to agricultural and private forest land, will be of assistance to other islands in the Caribbean region.  Truly these hurricanes have served to make us more aware of our common home, the Caribbean Sea and our shared environmental futures. 

Congresswoman Yvette ClarkeThe Forum set to kick off in  Rayburn House Office Building, and will begin with a focus on the Legislative Agenda affecting US Trade and Investment in the agribusiness value chain,  To this end, the discussions will also address elements in the implementation of HR 4939 (Public Law 114-291) which lays out a framework for shared work between the US and Caribbean on a variety of issues including agriculture and small business and energy.

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, who serves on both the Energy and Commerce and Small Business Committee, and is also Co-Chair of the nascent Congressional Caribbean Caucus, will also serve as Co-Chair of Invest Caribbean Agribusiness Forum and Caribbean American Heritage Awards.  

The Forum, brings together a select group of U.S. and Caribbean business persons, Caribbean diplomatic corps, policy makers, and financiers to exchange up-to-date information and discuss opportunities for delivering sustainable growth with job creation.  This is both an educational event and an important venue for developing business prospects.  Invest Caribbean will be followed by the 24th Annual Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Awards, which were instituted in 1994 by the ICS in order to highlight the contributions that Caribbean immigrants make to the USA.  The CARAH Awards Gala will be held November 17, 2017 at the JW Marriott Hotel Washington, D.C.