A Joint Border Security Workshop for CARICOM member states was held today, Monday 9th April 2018 at the Flamboyant Hotel.
The meeting was the last in a series of meetings held around the Caribbean, all funded under the European Union.
Assistant Director of Strategic Services, Earl Harris, stated that this series of workshops are very critical as border security has been identified as potential problem in the Caribbean.
“Border security is listed as a tier two threat in the CARICOM crime and security strategy adopted by heads in 2013, which means that it is sufficiently substantial and significant in nature to warrant immediate action and constant monitoring, hence out presence here today to officially launch the joint border security training workshop.”
He noted that border security and training will be implemented during the weeklong workshop which will be headed by regional trainers who have all gone through the required training.
“A key mandate of CARICOM in parts is to assess member states in building capacity to treat with the new and immerging threats facing their respective borders and collectively the region. Standardized border security training is one such initiative which will be implemented during the course of this week and more importantly by regional trainers who are graduates of the trained trainer program conducted by US customs and border protection agency.”
Harris went on to state that the Caribbean faces an increasing number of threats ranging from the transportation of illegal drugs to terrorism.
“Like many other entities both immigration and customs execute their mandates within an evolving environment with limited resources, combating unlimited demands. The region currently faces threats such as terrorism, illicit trafficking in small arms, light weapons human trafficking, illegal drugs along with precursor chemicals and psychotropic substances.”
Harris added that because of these threats, the workshop represents a milestone as CARICOM moves to increase border security.
“On the flip side however, there’s still the need to deliver to the demands of the law abiding travelling public. National and visitors alike who understand the need for increased security layers but still expect a hassle free travel experience. This border security workshop represents yet another major milestone in securing what is often times referred to as our porous borders.”