From 27-28 March 2019, the Chairman of the Council of Delegates of the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB), MGen Luis Bucio, attended the Caribbean Basin Surveillance and Maritime Security Summit (CABSEC19) that was combined with the South American Security Summit, (SAMSEC) in Bridgetown, Barbados. This conference was co-hosted by the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) of the Barbados Defense Force (BDF), Col Glyne Grannum, and Defense IQ, a news source firm focussing on global defense and military related topics.
CABSEC aimed to build enduring partnerships to enhance regional security, stability and prosperity, and to explore how industry can assist Governments to deliver security services and risk reduction. The Honorable Dale Marshall, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs of Barbados, presented the opening remarks insisting on the need to preserve the “Blue Economy”, to increase vigilance and optimize mutual cooperation to develop capacities with partners and regional security organizations. The CDS, Col Grannum, presented the mission statement, the interests and responsibilities of the BDF and highlighted the importance of establishing coordination mechanisms with regional security and humanitarian relief organizations like the Regional Security System (RSS), the Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). Moreover, the participating military ally General/Admiral officers from Canada, France, UK, Netherland and the, US elaborated on their operations and security cooperation activities in the Caribbean during a panel discussion.
MGen Bucio had the opportunity to present the IADB mandates, but more specifically the hemispheric coordination mechanisms in the event of a natural disaster. He suggested that the IADB could be the natural conduit for the passage of information between affected countries and partner nations acting as first responders or contributing in consequence management during unavoidable and recurring natural disasters.
This conference offered a unique forum of networking for military/security forces, governments, diplomats, industry and Non-Government Organizations. This summit facilitated the exchanges on lessons learned and better practices to be better equipped to mitigate regional security threats and to optimize HADR responses during natural disaster in the Caribbean region.