Prime Minister, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines And Chair Of The Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
Dr. The Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell
Prime Minister, Grenada And Chair Of The Council For National Security And Law Enforcement (CONSLE)
The Honourable Mia Amor Mottley
Prime Minister, Barbados And Chair, Regional Security System (RSS)
Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
Mr. Earl Harris
Assistant Director, Strategic Services, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS)
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have created immense challenges for advanced States. These challenges are even more daunting for the Small Island and Low-Lying Coastal Developing States (SIDS) of CARICOM due to our inherent vulnerabilities. The Pandemic will result in the Region’s worst economic and social crisis in decades, with damaging effects on employment, the fight against poverty and the reduction of inequality.
‘A conversation with CARICOM Leaders’ will take a close look at the complexity and implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the CARICOM States. The leaders will provide insights into a myriad of challenges which confront the Region, and the implication for development and security - issues such as climate change, security, food security, health care, blacklisting of Member States and concessional funding and debt relief. How are they managing the crisis? How will the current global order change as a consequence of the Pandemic? What are the security implications? What is their vision for the Region post crisis?
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) was established by the Twenty Seventh Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government in July 2006, in Bird Rock, St Kitts and Nevis, as the implementation arm of a new Regional Architecture to manage CARICOM’s action agenda on crime and security.