PM Rowley signs Protocol Amending the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley, led a delegation for the Twenty-Seventh Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held 16-17 February, 2016 in Placencia, Belize.

As Lead Head for Crime and Security in the Quasi-Cabinet of the Caribbean Community, Prime Minister Rowley proposed, and the conference adopted, amending the Treaty of Chaguaramas. The Revised Treaty has therefore been amended to incorporate the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) as an organ of the CARICOM and the Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) as an institution of the CARICOM.

Prime Minister Rowley also made a presentation, with recommendations, relating to Citizens by Investments (CIPs) which is pursued by some Member States. In acknowledging the right of Member States to pursue such programmes for economic development, the Conference mandated that, among other things, all all CARICOM Member States undertake to implement the measures required to strengthen the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS), the provision of updated information and intelligence to the CARICOM Watchlist and the enactment of enabling legislation in this regard.

As per Dr Rowley's recommendation, the Conference also accepted that all Member States wishing to maintain CIPs should utilize the services of the Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC), to provide the necessary expertise and resources in the design and implementation of a more robust system of background checks for vetting individuals applying for economic citizenship.

The delegation returns to Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday 18th February, 2016.

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