APIS Bill strengthens St. Kitts and Nevis’ efforts to advance national, global security

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, 24 MAY, 2017 (PRESS SEC) – The passing of a bill that provides for the management of the automated electronic data interchange of Advance Passenger Information (API) and the screening of API against a Watch List has necessitated a slight amendment to the Immigration Act.

The duty to provide advance passenger information has been removed from the ambit of the Immigration Act, giving the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) its own framework to operate in, with respect to the sharing with other States of any information that can assist in identifying persons who may pose security risks.  This duty is now entrenched exclusively in the bill that was passed yesterday.

Importantly, the APIS Bill strengthens St. Kitts and Nevis’ ongoing collaboration with global law enforcement and security agencies, including CARICOM’s Implementing Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) and its sub-agency the Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC).

Speaking in Parliament, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, who is the Minister of National Security, explained on Tuesday, 23 May, 2017, that, “Currently, the primary piece of information which makes the provision for the administration of the APIS legislation in St. Kitts and Nevis is the Immigration Act, and it is noteworthy, Mr. Speaker, that within the CARICOM Member States APIS is being regulated by its own independent legislation.”APIS image (more…)

Statisticians mull new approaches for 2020 Round of Census

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The CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), the Community’s Strategic Plan, and internationally agreed goals, including those from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, will be taken into account as preparations begin for the upcoming Round of Population and Housing Census.

This is in an effort to ensure that issues of importance to CARICOM Member States are considered and that there is greater harmonisation and comparability of the data that emerges from the exercise.

The next Population and Housing Census Round is in 2020, and the CARICOM Secretariat, earlier in May, held a workshop that is aimed at building on the approach that was used in the 2010 Census Round which saw a common core of questions being asked.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the three-day workshop on 16 May in Bridgetown, Barbados, Director, Regional Statistics, CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Philomen Harrison, pointed out the reasons why the CSME, Strategic Plan and international goals were identified for inclusion. (more…)

STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL, CARICOM AMBASSADOR IRWIN LAROCQUE ON THE MANCHESTER BOMBING

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strongly condemns the vicious terrorist attack perpetrated in Manchester, United Kingdom, on Monday evening.

The fact that the majority of the victims were children and young people makes this vile action even more heart-rending.

The compassionate and helpful reaction by the citizens of Manchester to those in distress after the carnage, exemplifies the qualities of empathy and resilience of the people of the United Kingdom.

CARICOM extends its deepest sympathy to the families who lost loved ones and wishes a full and speedy recovery to the injured.  The Community stands in solidarity with the Government and People of the United Kingdom as they confront this latest assault on their nation.

Small states have critical role to play in global fight against terrorism -President Granger

President David Granger, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Suriname, Ms. Yildiz D. Pollack-Beighle in conversation at the Arab-Islamic-American Summit, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Photo via Ministry of the Presidency)
President David Granger, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Suriname, Ms. Yildiz D. Pollack-Beighle in conversation at the Arab-Islamic-American Summit, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Photo via Ministry of the Presidency)
As the current Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), President Granger said the regional body is a willing ally in the ‘just’ war against terrorism and extremism.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Ministry of the Presidency, May 21, 2017) – President David Granger, (on Sunday), said that global partnerships to combat terrorism cannot exclude small states, since conflict between and within such states, or between a small state and other states, can endanger the peace of all countries.

The Head of State, who was at the time speaking on the side lines of the Arab-Islamic-American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, said that the majority of the states of the world can be described as small states and, as such, the world cannot be made secure without addressing the threats faced by those countries. “The international community, therefore, must be encouraged to work towards the establishment of a global security system, which would provide protection for small and large states,” the President said.


The Guyanese Leader added that small states like Guyana, lacking the means to combat transnational threats, such as terrorism, must be able to rely on the protection afforded through international cooperation, multilateralism and international law. Small states, he noted, lack the capability to effectively combat transnational security threats on their own and also face environmental threats, such as the adverse effects of climate change and natural disasters, which can have implications for their security. (more…)