Under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister and Minister of National Security of Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell, this twentieth meeting will look at matters related to policy, the legislative framework and the progress to date on a number of security matters being addressed by the Community.
High on the agenda with respect to policy is a review of the management framework for crime and security. So too is the issue of a single domestic space and the requirements for same. To this end, matters such as the movement of persons within a harmonised framework for entry and a harmonised visa regime will receive consideration.
The Caribbean’s resilience agenda and its implications for hard security and diplomacy is another policy matter to receive particular focus. The Region’s vulnerability to natural hazards, geological and climate/weather related, as well as crime and security threats with their potential to amplify the impact of climate change and the after-effects of natural hazard events, poses serious challenges. Addressing these challenges will require a better integration of the “big” development agendas as well as security cooperation support to existing risk management structures.
The meeting will be brought up to date with geo-political issues affecting security in the Region. In this context, the implications of the Framework for Migrant Health on the security sector including the nexus for health security; implications of the non-hemispheric military presence in Region, among others, will also be discussed.
Representatives will be updated on issues related to counter-terrorism in the Region and what programmes have been put in place to respond this challenge.
Crime and security is the fourth pillar of the regional integration process and the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) coordinates security and law enforcement arrangements across the Community. The Community Strategic Plan 2015-2019 identifies Enhancing Citizen Security and Justice as a strategy of its Social Resilience Strategic Priority.
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