Trinidad and Tobago: The Sixteenth Meeting of the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) was convened on 13 November, 2015 in Trinidad and Tobago. The well attended meeting was quite successful as Ministers of National Security of CARICOM committed to ensure implementation of the policies and activities to strengthen the security architecture of the Region.
Security is the fourth pillar of CARICOM and hence must be on the front burner at all times. The CONSLE decided that the ongoing work on the Legal Instruments ( Advance Passenger Information Bill, CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty, CARICOM Maritime and Airspace Security Cooperation, Regional Ballistic Information Network and the Advance Cargo Information draft Legislation) will be fast tracked to support Crime and Security as the fourth Pillar of CARICOM.
To maintain and sustain the Region as a zone of peace involve collaboration and cooperation among CARICOM Member States and international partners. The peace and tranquility of the Region is paramount to the economic growth and future development of the Region to attract investments, create an entrepreneurial spirit, and harness innovation and creativity. The Youths must be constructively engaged to deter them from committing crimes or becoming victims of crime.
The CONSLE discussed and agreed upon projects to strengthen both the physical and human resources of the CARICOM Institutions for security such as IMPACS, Regional security System (RSS), Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre (RIFC) CDEMA and CARPHA. The CONSLE also highlighted the vulnerability of our small island states to terrorism, natural disasters and health threats such as Ebola.
The National Security Minister of Dominica expressed appreciation and gratitude to Member States which mobilized resources to assist after the devastation of Tropical Storm Erika. CONSLE ended on a high note with consensus that going forward the financial resources will be made available to ensure implementation of the policies and plans to further enhance the security of the Region from existing and emerging threats.
Minister of National Security the Hon. Steadroy Cutie Benjamin along with Permanent Secretary Sharon Peters represented Antigua and Barbuda at this meeting.