BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, July 25, 2017 – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris yesterday (July 24th) met with the 42nd President of the USA, President Bill Clinton, at the Clinton Global Foundation in New York. Prime Minister Harris was in New York for a forum geared at promoting partnership for expanding healthcare to Every Caribbean Woman, Every Caribbean Child.
President Clinton was a special guest at the event. Also present were the Most Honourable Mrs. Juliet Holness, First Lady of Jamaica, Her Excellency Mrs. Sandra Granger, First Lady of The Co-operative Republic of Guyana, plus representatives from several women groups including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
In the meeting with Prime Minister Harris and President Clinton, the two statesmen discussed the success of the Clinton Global Initiative.
President Clinton, who founded the Clinton Foundation, later established the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in 2005 to bring together world leaders, business executives, and philanthropists as well as nongovernmental organizations to effect positive change.
Prime Minister Harris, in his capacity of CARICOM’s lead Head on human resources, health and HIV/AIDS, also discussed with President Clinton the progress of the region in eliminating the transmission of HIV from mother to child. Cuba was the first country to totally eliminate transmission of HIV from mother to child.
St. Kitts and Nevis is on the path to receiving the World Health Organization (WHO) certification as the first English-speaking country to achieve the elimination of transmission of HIV from mother to child and congenital syphilis.
Prime Minister Harris exchanged views on violence in the region, the need for the US government to do more to curtail the shipment of illegal arms to the region and the spike in gun-related violence that has occurred as a consequence of such shipments. President Clinton promises to help the region in mobilizing the support of its neighbor, the USA.
Other issues of bilateral concern between the Caribbean region and the United States were also discussed.
Prime Minister Harris is accompanied by the Honourable Senator Wendy Phipps, Minister of State within the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender Affairs and Social Services, and Ms. Ghislaine Williams from the Permanent Mission of St. Kitts and Nevis to the United Nations.