Senior Law Enforcement representatives and other senior public officials from CARICOM Member States will be in Antigua on Monday for a Sub-regional workshop aimed at strengthening control measures to arms related violence in the Region.
The initiative, which is of the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS), will feature speakers including His Excellency Anthony Liverpool, Ambassador to Japan, Senator Maureen Payne-Hyman, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Legal Affairs, Public Security and Labour Executive Director CARICOM IMPACS, Mr. Francis Forbes.
Some of the objectives of the training session include enhancing National Points of Contacts (NPC’s) understanding of effective small arms controls, to enhance the exchange of knowledge, good practices, expertise and lessons learned among Member States through their NPCs, ensuring that the NPCs have the capacity and skills to co-ordinate national activities to address firearms and to build and maintain the capacity of NPCs to ensure effective and sustainable action to deal with the Small Arms and Light Weapons problem in all its aspects at the national level.
The consequences of the illicit spread, widespread availability and trafficking of illegal firearms and ammunition are by far, the most instrumental factor contributing to the high murder rates in CARICOM countries. More than seventy percent (70%) of murders in the Region occur through the use of Small Arms and Light Weapons.
The Workshop, which is sponsored by United Nations Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR), will include representatives from countries including the Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, Montserrat and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
It will be held at the Veranda Resorts and Spa and will commence at 9 am.