SOUTHCOM and Dominican Republic Ministry of Defense Sponsor Regional Conference on Caribbean Security
General John F. Kelly, Commander of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and Dominican Republic Minister of Defense, Admiral Sigfrido Pared Perez, announced that the United States and Dominican Republic will host the 2014 Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC) on Jan. 28-30 in the Hilton Santo Domingo.
The conference will discuss the progress of ongoing efforts to bolster the region’s security and information-sharing capabilities. The theme for this year’s conference is “Caribbean security support to CBSI: Sustaining the capacity to counter transnational organized crime.” CBSI, short for Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, was developed by U.S. and Caribbean leaders to substantially reduce illicit trafficking, increase citizen safety and security, and promote social justice by integrating approaches that address those priority areas.
The U.S. delegation attending the conference also includes senior representatives and subject matter experts from the U.S. State Dept., Joint Interagency Task Force-South, the Inter-American Defense Board, and the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. Other guests included the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) and the Canadian Joint Operations Command.