Joint Statement
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Washington, DC
December 6, 2013


We, the Governments of Antigua and Barbuda; the Commonwealth of The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; the Commonwealth of Dominica; the Dominican Republic; Grenada; the Co-operative Republic of Guyana; Jamaica; the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; the Republic of Suriname; the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; and the United States of America;

REAFFIRMING our commitment to the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) Partnership launched on 27 May, 2010, at the Inaugural Caribbean-U.S. Security Cooperation Dialogue in Washington, D.C.;

BEARING in mind our commitments stated in the Caribbean-United States Declaration of Principles; the Caribbean-United States Plan of Action on Security Cooperation; the Joint Caribbean-United States Framework for Security Cooperation Engagement, the Joint Statement of the Second Caribbean-U.S. Security Cooperation Dialogue held in The Bahamas in 2011 and the Joint Statement of the Third Caribbean-U.S. Cooperation Dialogue held in Trinidad and Tobago in 2012;

WELCOME the implementation of the CARICOM Crime and Security Strategy (CCSS) and invite CARICOM Member States and cooperating partners to utilize the CCSS as the over-arching framework for establishing regional crime and security priorities and initiatives in coordination with agreed CBSI goals and objectives;

ALSO WELCOME the partnership with other States, regional and international organizations, and private sector institutions to enhance the security of our States and advance the safety of our citizens in the Caribbean region.

AWARE of the urgent need to substantially reduce illicit trafficking, advance public safety and security, and further promote social justice;

PLEDGE TO:

Continue to work together to forge a more effective partnership to reduce illicit trafficking in the Caribbean in 2014. Towards this end we commit to:

  • Fully integrate and use the Regional Integrated Ballistic Information Network (RIBIN) to stop illicit traffickers in our Region, including overcoming legal impediments to utilizing the regional hubs and sharing information;
  • Establish dedicated units for firearms trafficking in each State to work together in order to stop the flow of guns throughout the Region;
  • Support information sharing efforts to improve domain awareness and ability to effectively detect and interdict threats in national maritime territory;
  • Develop national multiyear plans for the maintenance and sustainment of maritime assets; and
  • Consider adopting maritime and airspace control strategies that enhance coordination among all States, establishing operating procedures, protocols, coordination mechanisms that will further enable Caribbean and partner forces to work toward common security objectives.

Continue to work together to forge a more effective partnership to advance public safety and security through focused efforts to advance justice sector reforms and capacity building of our law enforcement, emergency response, and other relevant agencies in the Caribbean in 2014. Towards this end we commit to:

  • Share law enforcement data regionally using the agreed-upon 2006 “CARICOM Memorandum of Understanding for the Sharing of Intelligence Among Members States of the Caribbean Community” and other appropriate mechanisms for international partners. This would facilitate the use of regional information data bases such as the Advanced Fingerprint Information System (AFIS); Advanced Cargo Information System (ACIS) and the Regional Integrated Ballistic Information Network (RIBIN);
  • Enact legislation for the seizure of assets by all States and create a dedicated security fund;
  • Intensify efforts to improve the quality of prosecutions by increasing communication and trust between law enforcement and the community, as well as reinforcing the security for witnesses.

Continue to work together to forge a more effective partnership to further promote social justice by addressing the important issues of at-risk youth and alternative sentencing arrangements in the Caribbean in 2014. Towards this end we commit to:

  • Support the adoption of policies and community-based programs to reduce crime and violence;
  • Identify the societal factors that put youth at risk of entering into criminal lifestyles, and make addressing these challenges a regional priority;
  • Engage fully with private sector and community based-organizations to help develop the work skills of at-risk youth and strive to provide opportunities for applying these skills;
  • Integrate alternative sentencing for youth who have committed minor crimes as a routine practice of the courts.

ADVANCE the work and meet the objectives established above, by convening four Technical Working Group meetings in the upcoming year. We will convene one meeting each of the Technical Working Groups on “Crime Prevention by focusing on Vulnerable Youth and At-Risk Populations,” “Law Enforcement Information Sharing,” Law Enforcement Cooperation and Capacity Building,” and “Maritime and Aerial Domain Security Cooperation.”

WE THANK the Government and people of the United States of America for their hospitality and efforts in hosting the Fourth High Level Dialogue.

WE STRESS our commitment to maintain regular dialogue and further build a more effective partnership to meet the common challenges we face in advancing the security and prosperity of our people.

WE LOOK FORWARD to the Fifth High Level Security Cooperation Dialogue to be held in 2014.