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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”.  The 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.

The 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 Caribbean Caucus views the recommendations of ICS’ Diaspora Companion Report to the US Caribbean strategy, as a blueprint for the establishment of sustainable and profitable partnerships between companies in the US Agri-business value-chain and those from the Caribbean.  Clarke states, “this forum is a welcome step in pursuing the opportunities for collaboration discussed in the State Department Report. My district as home of hundreds and thousands of Caribbean immigrants is a destination for Caribbean agribusiness exports-- so this matters to my constituents.  I might also add my thanks to the Institute of Caribbean Studies for its continuing commitment to involving members of the Caribbean diaspora in the United States in dialogue with the legislative, federal and executive branches. Further in convening the 24th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards, ICS continues to shine the light on Caribbean immigrants who help make America great, and it is my hope as we move forward, that the many contributions of ICS will allow the United States to develop policies that genuinely reflect the needs of the Caribbean community here and abroad.”

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 in Washington, D.C.

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE OF CARIBBEAN STUDIES
The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), founded in 1993, is a non-partisan, non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to policy analysis, advocacy and education on issues that advance the interests of Caribbean Americans.  ICS is the Campaign Chair and Lead Advocate for the Commemoration of June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month, and served as the Convenor of the Caribbean Diaspora Consultations in partnership with the US State Department.  ICS has received commendations in the US Congressional Record from Congressman Charles Rangel and Congresswoman Barbara Lee.  

Hon. Jennifer S. Carroll to be Honored...

Hon. Jennifer S. Carroll to be Honored at 24th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards in Washington D.C.
A portion of the proceeds from this year’s ceremony will go to victims affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean
 

WASHINGTON – The Honorable Jennifer S. Carroll will be honored at the 24th annual Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Awards, which celebrates the achievements of outstanding individuals of Caribbean descent who have made extraordinary contributions to their fields of expertise. The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) will present these prestigious awards on Friday, November 17, 2017 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington D.C. A portion of ticket sales for this year’s CARAH Awards will go to hurricane relief efforts aiding devastated islands in the Caribbean.

“The Honorable Jennifer Carroll made history as the first Caribbean-born Lt. Governor in America for the state of Florida, where she advocated on behalf of millions of Floridians,” said Dr. Claire Nelson, Founder and President of ICS, the CARAH Awards, and White House Champion of Change. “She is truly a testament to the resilience of the Caribbean spirit and demonstrates the huge positive impact that immigrants from the Caribbean diaspora have on these United States of America.”

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Carroll was Florida's 18th Lieutenant Governor. She was the first female elected as Lieutenant Governor in Florida and the first African-American elected statewide.  Prior to that Mrs. Carroll spent more than seven years in the state legislator, where she worked to pass meaningful laws that enhanced economic development, including the procurement of $2.9 million to fund the Florida Export Finance Corporation to help employers have access to short term loans in order to retain and create jobs. She sponsored the Entertainment Economic Development Legislation that created thousands of jobs for Floridians who were paid over $485 million in wages, and secured over $183 million for several infrastructure, health, education, social programs, water and environmental projects in northeast Florida. Mrs. Carroll also sponsored a $203 million jobs package to provide tax credits to encourage companies to hire Floridians who were out of work.

Mrs. Carroll career in public service first began in 1979 when she enlisted in the United States rising from the ranks of an enlisted jet mechanic E-1 to retire as a Lieutenant Commander Aviation Maintenance Officer after 20 years. During her time in the Navy she was awarded numerous awards including: Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, two Joint Meritorious Unit Award and three Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbons.

In addition to her duties assisting the Governor with economic development, as Lt. Governor Mrs. Carroll oversaw the Florida Department of Military Affairs, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, and Chairperson of Space Florida. She was also the Governor's Designee on the Florida Defense Support Task Force, and Chairperson on the Governor's Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed her to "The White House Presidential Scholar's Commission," where she served until the spring of 2004. In May of 2004, President Bush appointed her to the Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission where she served until October 2007. She has also been a Chairman for the Republican National Convention (RNC) Committee, an RNC Delegate and an Elector of the Florida Electoral College.

Mrs. Carroll is an acclaimed public speaker, the bestselling author of "WHEN YOU GET THERE,”  and former political analyst. Most recently she served as a Senior Advisor for Global Digital Solutions Inc. Advisory Board and the former President and C.E.O. of North American Custom Specialty Vehicles, Inc.

This year’s CARAH Awards will be hosted by celebrated journalist and Emmy Award winning former anchor of WJLA TV, the ABC affiliate in Washington D.C., Maureen Bunyan, who is also a former CARAH Honoree. In addition to the Hon. Jennifer S. Carroll, this year the ICS will be honoring, world renown scientist Dr. Henry Lowe, Dr. Clive Callender, founder of the National Minority Organ Transplant Education Program; Bevil Wooding, technology strategist and ICANN Trusted Recovery Key Shareholder, and reggae rising star, Etana.

The Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Awards aims to raise the visibility of Caribbean Americans who have been successful in their fields, and contributed to the American landscape.  It was created by ICS as a forum for highlighting Caribbean Americans’ contributions to the advocacy, business and entertainment industries, as well as the indivisible historical linkages between the United States and the Caribbean. Washington’s Image Band will provide entertainment at the Gala evening which is under the distinguished patronage of the Caribbean diplomatic corps.

Media interested in learning more or attending should contact Ianthe Metzger at Ianthe.Metzger@gmail.com

To learn more about the Caribbean American Heritage Awards, visit www.caribbeanheritageawards.org.

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Dr. Clive Callender to be Honored...

Dr. Clive Callender to be Honored at 24th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards in Washington D.C.
A portion of the proceeds from this year’s ceremony will go to victims affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean

 

WASHINGTON – Acclaimed professor and surgeon, Dr. Clive Callender, will be honored at the 24th annual Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Awards, which celebrates the achievements of outstanding individuals of Caribbean descent who have made extraordinary contributions to their fields of expertise. The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) will present these prestigious awards on Friday, November 17, 2017 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington D.C. A portion of ticket sales for this year’s CARAH Awards will go to hurricane relief efforts aiding devastated islands in the Caribbean.

“Dr. Callender has committed his life’s work to not only to saving lives and shaping young minds,” said Dr. Claire Nelson, Founder and President of ICS, the CARAH Awards, and White House Champion of Change. “He demonstrates that the Caribbean is home to world’s most innovative and best talent and we’re honored to celebrate him and his considerable achievements at this year’s CARAH Awards.”

Currently the Professor of Surgery at Howard University College of Medicine, Dr. Callender was born to Barbadian parents in New York. He completed his surgical training at Freedmen's Hospital in 1969, and received his transplant surgical training at two of the premier transplant training programs in the U.S, the University of Minnesota and the University of Pittsburgh. Since returning to Howard University Hospital in 1973, Dr. Callender helped develop the first minority directed dialysis and transplant center and histocompatibility and immunogenetic laboratory in the United States.

In 1991, Dr. Callender conceptualized and founded the National Minority Organ/Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) using the successful joint Howard University Hospital and Dow Chemical Company efforts that targeted the Black community and applying the methodologies to all ethnic minority populations. National MOTTEP is the first national organization to identify a two-fold solution to the donor shortage – disease prevention and increasing donation rates.  Since its inception, the organization has been awarded $16 million from the Office of Research on Minority Health and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for program expansion.  National MOTTEP’s methodology has contributed to the national increase in minority donation rates from 15 percent in 1990 to 30 percent in 2008, and growing. It also established a MOTTEP-Export Research Center of Excellence that focused on eliminating minority renal health disparities via Telehealth programs in Hypertension and Diabetes.

From 1995 until 2008, Dr. Callender served as the Chairman of the Department of Surgery and in 1996, he was appointed as the first LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. Professor of Surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine. He has received Honorary Doctor of Science degrees from Hunter College, Meharry Medical College and Howard University in 2014. As the senior African American transplant surgeon and expert, Dr. Callender’s has made numerous media appearances including the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, the CBS Evening News and hundreds more.  He has spoken at more than 1,000 meetings and forums, authored more than 140 scientific publications and received many honors and awards in recognition of his significant contributions. 

This year’s CARAH Awards will be hosted by celebrated journalist and Emmy Award winning former anchor of WJLA TV, the ABC affiliate in Washington D.C., Maureen Bunyan, who is also a former CARAH Honoree. In addition to Dr. Callender, this year, the ICS will be honoring, Dr. Glendon Archer, Dr. Henry Lowe, the Hon. Jennifer Carroll, Nneka Norville, and Bevil Wooding.

The Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Awards aims to raise the visibility of Caribbean Americans who have been successful in their fields, and contributed to the American landscape.  It was created by ICS as a forum for highlighting Caribbean Americans’ contributions to the advocacy, business and entertainment industries, as well as the indivisible historical linkages between the United States and the Caribbean. Washington’s Image Band will provide entertainment at the Gala evening which is under the distinguished patronage of the Caribbean diplomatic corps.

Media interested in learning more or attending should contact Ianthe Metzger at Ianthe.Metzger@gmail.com

To learn more about the Caribbean American Heritage Awards, visit www.caribbeanheritageawards.org.

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