October 17, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |
Chairman of the Caribbean Commonwealth (CARICOM), Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSALE), Dr Horace Chang, says the United States has given a commitment to the region that it will work towards stemming the flow of illegal firearms into the Caribbean.
Dr Chang informed that “the US offered to extend itself to work with Caribbean countries and a lot of the guns are manufactured and shipped here very easily”.
Last week, Jamaica hosted the 24th CON-SALE meeting and Dr Chang, who is also Jamaica’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, said the issue of illicit firearms trafficking was identified as a tier-one threat in the CARICOM Regional Security Strategy and as one of the main drivers of criminality levels in the region.
The Chairman of CONSALE said it has the potential to cripple the already fragile socio-economic developmental progress in CARICOM and the advancement of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy that allows for the free movement of goods, skills, labour and services across the 15-member regional integration grouping.
Dr Chang said the primary issue examined at the 3-day summit was “the continued trafficking of illicit firearms in the Caribbean which is posing a clear and present risk to all the Caribbean leaders.