Regional drug strategy workshop concludes

(SKN National Council on Drug Abuse Prevention Secretariat) — Fifty persons from the Caribbean region were awarded certificates for successfully completing training on the design and implementation of national drug strategies and plans. Twenty-three of the awardees were nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis. Other participants included Directors of National Drug Councils, Permanent Secretaries and other Senior Policy Analysts from around the Caribbean region.

The workshop was organised by the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), Secretariat for the Multidimensional Security (SMS) of the Organisation of American States (OAS), in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and the National Council on Drug Abuse Prevention of St. Kitts and Nevis. The objective of the workshop was to update current strategies in the Caribbean, or to support their design and development where needed through technical assistance, and the promotion of horizontal cooperation.

The lead workshop facilitator was Dr. John Carnevale who is a Public Policy Expert with extensive experience in designing and developing National Drug Plans and Strategies for the United States of America. Dr. Carnevale’s sessions explored components that comprise a comprehensive national drug control policy, and presented a simple framework that will help organize the development of a national plan.


COMMUNIQUÉ – 29th Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM




26-27 February, 2018,

Port-au-Prince, Haiti


The Twenty-Ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 26-27 February, 2018.  The President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moïse, Chaired the proceedings.

Other Members of the Conference in attendance were Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis; Prime Minister of Barbados, Rt. Honourable Freundel Stuart; Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell; Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness; Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet; Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves; and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley.

Antigua and Barbuda was represented by His Excellency Ambassador Colin Murdoch; Belize was represented by Senator the Honourable Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General; Dominica was represented by the Honourable Francine Baron, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Guyana was represented by His Excellency Vice President Carl Greenidge; Montserrat was represented by the Honourable Delmaude Ryan, Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Health, Youth Affairs, Sports and Social Services; St Kitts and Nevis was represented by the Honourable Vance Amory, Senior Minister; Suriname was represented by His Excellency Vice-President, Michael Ashwin Adhin.

Associate Members in attendance were British Virgin Islands represented by Dr. the Hon Kedrick Pickering, Deputy Premier; the Turks and Caicos Islands represented by Hon. Sean Astwood, Deputy Premier.

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CARICOM leaders agree on counter-terrorism strategy

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Feb 28, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have adopted a regional counter-terrorism strategy at their inter-sessional summit that ended here on Tuesday.

The leaders also agreed that the member countries would table in their respective parliaments the legislation by July 4, this year to support the strategy and that an effective monitoring and evaluation process should be put in place to determine the region’s success in addressing this critical matter.

The strategy was developed by the Trinidad-based Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) which, in consultation with its stakeholders and regional and international partners, will review the document biennially to consider updating it to respond to the evolving terrorism landscape.

The summit also agreed that all member states should enact legislation related to the Advance Cargo Information System (ACIS) and Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) to assist counter-terrorism efforts, among other security matters, and to share information on crime and violence among themselves in a more consistent manner.



Crime, violence taking heavy toll on society – CARICOM SG

Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Amb. Irwin LaRocque, called on the Community to counteract the threat of crime and violence, when he addressed the opening of the Twenty-Ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government earlier today in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

“As we pool our resources and strategise to combat the damaging effects of climate change, we need to do so as well to counteract another threat to our societies…. I refer to the effects of crime and violence,” he said.

Amb. LaRocque pointed to the toll on societies through loss of lives, injuries and psychological trauma and observed that the greatest impact was on families.

“It is within that circle that the battle against the scourge must begin,” he said.

About Security in CARICOM
In 2007, the Caribbean Community made Security its fourth pillar of regional integration arrangements, as it sought to strengthen the security architecture and its efforts to harmonise the fight against crime. The Ministerial Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) has oversight of the Region’s security architecture, while operationally, the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS)  is the coordinating Institution.


Regional stakeholders craft new strategies on drug abuse prevention

Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 21, 2018 (SKNIS): Delegates from several CARIFORUM-member states, the Organizstion of American States (OAS), and the European Union (EU) are in St. Kitts to brainstorm and formulate strategies on drug abuse and its prevention that will be implemented in countries across the Caribbean region.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Osmond Petty, welcomed the participants during an opening ceremony on Wednesday (February 21) and noted that this is the second of a two-part workshop that began last Monday.  The first was held on February 19 and 20, and was dubbed the CARICOM Regional Drug Demand Reduction Strategy Workshop. This was followed by Wednesday’s OAS Regional National Drug Strategy Workshop, which ends on Thursday (February 21). Both meetings were held at the Ocean Terrace Inn.

Mr. Petty highlighted the challenges posed by the illegal use of marijuana and the trafficking of narcotics and said the leadership in the local Ministry of National Security was looking forward to receiving suggestions and a plan to addresses the myriad issues that St. Kitts and Nevis, and the wider Caribbean Region face from the challenges of drugs.

Vice Chairman of the National Drug Council, D. Michael Morton (2nd right) thanked CARICOM, OAS and EU officials
Vice Chairman of the National Drug Council, D. Michael Morton (2nd right) thanked CARICOM, OAS and EU officials