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Caribbean Diaspora Conference on Haiti For D.C.

CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. June 17, 2010: Former Prime Minister of Jamaica. P.J. Patterson is among some of the region`s brightest minds set to participate in a conference on Haiti tomorrow.

The Caribbean Diaspora Conference on Haiti aims to focus on ways the region`s nationals abroad can assist in the reconstruction and development of Haiti`s earthquake ravaged capital. It is set for the Organization of American States, 17th St. & Constitution Avenue NW – Washington, DC tomorrow, June 18th from 9:30 a.m.

Former Ambassador Curtis A. Ward, chairman of the Caribbean Research & Policy Center and Conference Chairman will open the conference while Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Albert Ramdin and Ambassador of St. Kitts & Nevis and Dean of the Caribbean Diplomatic Corps, Dr. Izben Williams will bring remarks.

Other participants include Haiti`s Ambassador to Washington; Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and former Ambassador Dr. Richard Bernal.

Workshop sessions will focus on the development of guidelines for establishing the mechanism and database of Caribbean Diaspora expertise and business capabilities and identifying areas where the Diaspora can have an immediate impact in the short-term reconstruction efforts in Haiti and the way forward.

The conference comes as humanitarian groups worry about the 1.5 million homeless Haitians who face the wrath of mother nature this Hurricane season if semi to permanent homes are not provided to move them out of the tent cities in which they are now forced to live.