CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. June 19, 2009: The Shirley A. Chisholm Educational Exchange Program was passed as part of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act late last week.
The program, also known as the United States- Caribbean Educational Exchange Program, will offer merit and need bases scholarships for Caribbean students to study at American institutions.
The Foreign Relations Authorization Act will supply President Obama with the tools and resources he needs to strengthen U.S. relations with the rest of the world, said Caribbean Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, who voted for the bill.
The bill authorizes FY 2010 and 2011 funding of the State Department, Peace Corps, Broadcast Board of Governors, and other foreign affairs programs. It also calls for increased co-operation between U.S. and Caribbean officials to combat drug-trafficking and promote counter terrorism.
`In the 110th Congress, I sponsored H. Res. 1504, which calls for increased co-operation between U.S. and Caribbean officials to combat drug-trafficking and promote counter terrorism.` The authorization bill acknowledges this well documented problem and authorizes the President to incorporate CARICOM into the Merida Initiative. `This bill will provide CARICOM with the technical and logistical support needed to combat drug-trafficking and promote counter-terrorism,` said Clarke.