Commander Errington Shurland, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force, along with Serena Joseph-Harris, Former Co-President of EU-LAC, leading off the discussions surrounding the threat environment in the Caribbean from transnational criminal cartels.
The Caribbean basin is a hot seat for international trade shipping, yet poor maritime policing makes it a vulnerable through-target for illicit transiting of drugs, service firearms and other illegal cargo. According to Serena Joseph-Harris, former Co-President of the European Union Latin American Caribbean Coordination and Cooperation Mechanism on Drugs (EU-LAC), the immediate challenge for regional governments is to find the resources to secure territorial waters from the [transiting] cargo and to ensure that their ports and other points of entry become as impenetrable as they ought to be.
Joseph-Harris was the opening speaker at a focus day session, which preluded the two-day Caribbean Basin Coastal Surveillance and Maritime Security Summit starting today at the Hilton Barbados.
Addressing the need for enhanced North-South dialogue to improve domestic secu...