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Leaders Gather for Caribbean-Central American Conference

Leaders from Central America and the Caribbean are gathered in Miami for a three-day conference focusing on disaster preparedness and the situation in Haiti.

The conference, which began Monday, brings together government and business leaders to address regional integration efforts in the region.

Officials say participants will be focusing on the Haitian Economic Recovery Opportunity Act known as HERO. They say an important element of the conference will be on efforts to help Haiti achieve some stability and create positive economic momentum.

Attendees also are expected to address disaster preparedness and the effects of recent natural disasters on the region.

Officials say this 22-member Caribbean Central American Action group is Florida's largest trading partner.