CARICOM leaders to meet in Trinidad next week

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders will meet in Trinidad and Tobago early next month to discuss security issues within the 15-member regional integration movement.
Antigua, Haiti, Jamaica and Suriname will be not be represented by their leaders.

Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, who is the chairman of Security Council for CARICOM and Law Enforcement (CONSLE), will chair the 19th Special Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community on Security on May 3.

A government statement said that the one-day meeting will focus on recommitted efforts of the various stakeholders for implementing the Regional Security Framework.

“The overall purpose of the Nineteenth Special Meeting on Security is to foster mutual knowledge, analysis, debate and exchange of ideas and experiences on security related matters in attempts to better contribute to the safety and security of member states at the regional level.

“These issues include but are not limited to trans-national crime, terrorism, cybercrime, narco – and gun trafficking, trafficking in persons, intelligence cooperation between member states and the Region’s capability to analyse, predict and respond proactively to organized criminal networks.”

The meeting here comes amidst concerns at the rising criminal activities in the region including gun violence and high murder rates.