Published On: Wed, Dec 5th, 2012

Trinidad PM to open high level regional security meeting

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, will be the keynote speaker on Wednesday when the third high level dialogue of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) takes place in Port of Spain.

The meeting will include ministers of national security and law enforcement and senior officials from the 15 CARICOM member countries, the Dominican Republic and the United States of America.

United States Deputy Secretary of State William Joseph Burns is expected to lead a delegation from that country.

Burns will also address the opening ceremony along with Persad-Bissessar, secretary general of CARICOM Irwin La Rocque and the chair of the CARICOM Council of Ministers of National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) Sen. Dr. Errol Cort, minister of national security and labour in the government of Antigua and Barbuda.

The CBSI is a high-level meeting that provides the opportunity for its partner countries to assess the objectives and accomplishments of the Initiative on an annual basis.

Wednesday’s meeting will be co-chaired by Cort and the US delegation.

The first such dialogue was held in Washington D.C. in May, 2010, while the second was held in The Bahamas in November of 2011.

Previous to this meeting, members of CONSLE met behind closed doors in Port of Spain on Monday to discuss matters of security within the region.

It was the last meeting presided over by Cort, who will hand over the chair of CONSLE at the end of this year to Bahamian National Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage, after three years in the post.

Among the items discussed by members of the regional body were the re-establishment of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) office in the Caribbean.

Crime and Security Strategy in the region was high on the agenda, as well as the implementation of the Caribbean Community Social Development and Crime Prevention Action Plan.

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