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Dodd Pledges Support for Caribbean Region

By Aubry Campbell

HARTFORD — Embattled Sen. Christopher Dodd stopped by a group of Caribbean-American leaders recently to pledge support and for possiblke trade relationship with the Caribbean and the region.

Dodd in a recent luncheon hosted by the Caribbean Trade Council of Hartford said his office stands ready to assist the promotion and development of investment and trade initiatives between the US and the Caribbean region, in whatever way possible.

Responding to a range of questions and concerns at a recent meeting with members of the New York Caribbean Consular Corp at the St. Monica’s Church Hall,  Sen. Dodd said that he was a big supporter of micro business ventures.

“I’m a great believer in small business development. That’s where most employment comes from. Today with the availability of the internet, if you can have access to technology, you can market your products very well, so we’ll be glad to try and help in that area.”

Sen. Dodd poses with (l to r) Consul General Geneive Brown Metzger, Consul General Harold Robertson and Sgt. Andrew Lawrence

Sen. Dodd poses with (l to r) Consul General Geneive Brown Metzger, Consul General Harold Robertson and Sgt. Andrew Lawrence

Dodd, a member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee (FRC), told attendees that he would try to get some of the concerns shared at the meeting on the agenda for next month’s Summit of the Americas in Trinidad & Tobago.

US President Barack H. Obama is scheduled to attend the summit with heads of government from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping.

Dodd said that he was upbeat about the summit taking place in Trinidad & Tobago, noting that it presents an opportunity to highlight and promote a lot of issues impacting  the region, including but not limited to the environment, trade and security.

 Dodd assured the meeting that he would make an effort to get the US Department of Commerce and the Export/Import Bank to sit down and look at how they can jointly assist small and emerging businesses to access markets that commercial banks are sometimes too reluctant to support.

In welcoming  Dodd’s offer to help the region, Consul General of Jamaica, Mrs. Geneive Brown Metzger underlined the government’s focus on the small business sector, noting its worth as the biggest job creator. 

Also present at the meeting were: Harold Robertson, Consul General of Trinidad & Tobago in New York; Hon. Mayor Eddie A. Perez, Connecticut;  Anne Evans, Director/US Department of Commerce; Andrew Lawrence, President/Caribbean Trade Council of Hartford, CT; and Sheena Aimey-Petrolito, Executive Secretary/Caribbean Trade Council of Hartford.






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Dodd Headlines Black History Program

HARTFORD —  Sen. Chris Dodd is expected to headline a black history program held by the Caribbean Trade Council of Hartford on Sunday.

The event, billed “an evening with Dodd” will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Monica Episcopal Church Community Center on Main Street. There will be cultural displays and activities reflecting Caribbean and African American history,  and lunch will be served.  Admission is free.

According the organizers, Dodd will speak about the goals of the first African-American President of the United States, Barack Obama.

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