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Jamaica’s newly appointed Consul General to the Southern United States, Sandra Grant-Griffiths, was formally introduced to her Caribbean counterparts in South Florida, at the monthly meeting of the CARICOM Consular Corp, on Tuesday (Sept. 9) in Coral Gables, Miami.
Mrs. Griffiths who assumed office on Tuesday, (Sept. 2), at the Miami location of the Jamaica Consulate, pledged to continue support and solidarity, with her Caribbean counterparts with responsibility for the Southern USA communities.
Expressing sympathy to Haiti, in the aftermath of the recent natural disasters, which left destruction and of loss of lives in that Caribbean country, Mrs. Griffiths proposed a special joint donation from the CARICOM Consular Corp, to the Haitian relief efforts. The members at the forum further expressed sympathy to the Governments and people of other Caribbean territories who suffered similar loss, including Jamaica, Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
In a gesture of unity, the group also congratulated Jamaica, the Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago for their accomplishments at the recently concluded Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
This is the first meeting of the group of the diplomats following a brief summer recess. Discussions focussed on upcoming activities and agenda for the Caribbean community, with particular emphasis on preparation for the annual visit to the Governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, at the State Capitol in Tallahassee.
Representatives of the CARICOM Diplomatic Corp, comprise of consular representatives from the Caribbean region including: St. Lucia, Antigua, Barbados, the Bahamas, St. Kitts, Jamaica, Suriname, Grenada, Haiti, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana.
Mrs. Grant-Griffiths succeeds Ricardo Allicock, who also served as Chair of the CARICOM Consular Corp since 2004, and was also instrumental in the formation of that group in the fall of 2002.