PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has confirmed the country’s commitment to regional security in her statement at the recently concluded 23rd Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government in Paramaribo, Suriname.
During her address, Persad-Bissessar, who is in charge of crime and security, firmly stated that the government of the twin-island state is dedicated to addressing all security threats, and will continue to monitor national and international crime and security developments through its security and intelligence infrastructure.
The Prime Minister said CARICOM has the potential to build a virtual wall around the region with its rich human resource and local knowledge and warned that failure to do so could result in a complete breakdown in law and order, resulting in the region being forced to surrender to those seeking to disrupt its peace and stability.
She also took the opportunity to announce the establishment of a Regional Coordinating Unit within the Office of the Prime Minister. The unit will monitor national, regional and international trends to assist in developing crime-fighting strategies.
To maintain peace and stability in the region, Persad-Bissessar has called on each head of government to work with other states by sharing information, intelligence and expertise.
She also emphasized the need to monitor international developments and alert member-states of any issues that may pose a threat to them.
Persad-Bissessar urged heads of government to put the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security on hold until the Secretariat has received final reports from consultants.
This advice comes after reports surfaced last year about the misuse of funds for the agency, which was originally established for the 2007 Cricket World Cup.