A BRIEF HISTORY
Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) began as the “Committee on the Caribbean” in April 1979 with a dedicated group of U.S. and regional business leaders meeting with President Jimmy Carter and Governor Bob Graham in the White House. The objective was to enhance the economic development and regional prosperity of the Caribbean and Central America through private enterprise investment. Early on, U.S. Congressional involvement with CCAA became an important agenda to maintain interest and focus on the region. The current Congressional Caribbean Caucus is a continuation of this early effort to ensure Congressional awareness of our third border, the Caribbean and Central America. Over the years, our involvement has been central to the advancement of important legislation, from the passage of the Caribbean Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) in the early 1980’s and continues today with the 2016 U.S.-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act. Because CCAA has been such a force in moving policy forward, since CCAA’s inception over 50 Heads of State, Cabinet members and government Ministers, have participated at CCAA’s meetings. The success for the United States is evident in the fact that the Caribbean basin countries in total are today the 6th largest buyers of U.S. exports* in the world and where the United States has a balance of trade surplus. Success for the Caribbean and Central America is evident in the increased prosperity for the people of the region. *U.S. Dept of Commerce Statistics
the way forward
CARIBBEAN-CENTRAL AMERICAN ACTION (CCAA) provides leadership for a world-class regional business climate through actions and advocacy that promote economic development. CCAA is committed to fostering public-private collaboration to ensure long-term sustainability in its core program areas, and as we look to the future, CCAA is focusing on the reality that technology is the fuel that will drive growth and prosperity.