Barbados’ Chief Immigration Officer, Wayne Marshall, has said it is obvious security cooperation between Caribbean states is necessary. Less obvious, is the form this cooperation should take.
Sharing his ideas at the closing of the Regional Security System (RSS) Institute Executive Development Course 2018, Marshall said regional security cooperation, “must be the result of a systemic process that identifies common interests and threats and a coherent approach to deal with them.”
Listing terrorism as a major concern for Caribbean countries as ISIS infiltrates the region, Marshall said Caribbean countries must counter terrorism through intelligence sharing, preventing entrenchment of terrorist ideologies and curtailing recruitment of sympathizers in vulnerable communities.
“Moreover, it should embrace the wider elements of traditional and non-traditional components of security appropriate to the modern day times,” said the Immigration Chief, as he described this cooperative approach to the course’s 26 participants.
Key among these was the development of a collaborative and cooperative cyber security plan.
The ten-day course which commenced November 5, explored subjects such as emotional intelligence, management of change, performance management, strategic planning and management, managing people, enhancing communication capability and developing leadership effectiveness.
It included first responder agencies from Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts, Dominica, Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Programme manager, Security, Delegation of the European Union to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States and CARIFORUM, Luc Patzelt, congratulated the participants and spoke about the need for sustainable security.
“In the current global security arena cooperation is no longer a question of choice or willingness, but a pressing and urgent need given the generally limited available resources,” said Patzelt.
“RSS is on the right track to build a mechanism for sustainable security by leveraging the strengths of member states to work together in developing their capacity and by moving forward in cooperation and partnership to confront challenges,” he said.