CDB, RSS Continue to Strengthen Maritime Security

CDB, RSS Continue to Strengthen Maritime Security

CDB, RSS Continue to Strengthen Maritime Security

Regional Security System | Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The development of the Regional and National Maritime Security Strategies will aid in planning and development within the maritime sector specifically, and the economic advancement of OECS member states and CARICOM. (FP)

Safer seaports and wider maritime spaces in the Eastern Caribbean are anticipated once the Regional and National Maritime Security Strategies currently being formulated by the Regional Security System (RSS) are implemented.

The strategy development is being funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the RSS, with technical support from the Organisation of American States (OAS). It is intended to increase coordinated action at marine ports and within the wider maritime boundaries in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – all RSS Member States.

According to Executive Director of the RSS, Captain (N) Errington Shurland, “The Eastern Caribbean region is highly dependent on the maritime space for its economic survivability. The maritime space is 128 times larger than the land space of the seven RSS Member States combined and forms part of the Blue Economy.  In order to preserve the Blue Economy for generations to come we must develop coordinated maritime strategies to effectively harmonise activities and promote the sustainable use of that space.”

Andrea Power, Coordinator Regional Cooperation and Integration at CDB, emphasised the Bank’s commitment to strengthening the maritime affairs of Member States and said CDB looked forward to greater collaboration at marine borders, not only related to security, but also trade. “As the project to aid Member States of the RSS winds down it is anticipated that seven countries will be provided with the necessary tools to deepen integration and collaboration. Regional security is a public good and investment in strengthening capabilities to manage maritime borders will not only boost security but also bolster trade and improve the way business is conducted given that the majority of global trade is conducted via seaports,” she stated. 

The development of the Regional and National Maritime Security Strategies will also aid in planning and development within the maritime sector specifically, and the economic advancement of OECS member states and CARICOM. Beyond security, the territories will also benefit from improved awareness of activities occurring in their maritime domains, as well as more efficient mobilisation and deployment of resources in response to various hazard events and illicit activity. The recent La Soufriere eruption is one example of resource mobilisation and coordination at work. The project is also assisting port managers with strategies to satisfy international standards at marine ports of entry, increase information sharing and cooperation by identifying common areas for collaboration in the maritime space.

The USD 466,347 initiative will provide a road map for collaborating and securing the common maritime space of RSS members. The strategy is a response to a number of challenges faced by individual Member States, as well as the collective sub-regional bloc, within the maritime domain and provides a road map for collaborating and securing the common maritime space amidst current and emerging threats in the current complex environment.

The individual national Strategies and the RSS regional strategy are expected to be completed in September 2021.

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Maritime Security Strategy For Sustainable Development

Maritime Security Strategy For Sustainable Development

Maritime Security Strategy For Sustainable Development

Regional Security System | Friday, November 1, 2019

         (L-R) OAS Country Representative Francis McBarnette; Executive Director of the RSS, Captain (N) Errington Shurland; Director of the Coastal Zone Management Unit, Dr. Leo Brewster; Director of Projects, CDB, Daniel Best; and Project Manager, OAS, Lisbeth Laurie.

Sustainable development, peace and security are the basis on which a new Regional Security System (RSS) project are founded.

This was underscored by Executive Director of the RSS, Captain (N) Errington Shurland, during a ceremony at the Radisson Aquatica Resort, to mark the launch of the development of a Maritime Security Strategy for the Regional Security System.

Pointing out that development and security go “hand-in-hand”, Captain Shurland stated: “Our maritime space is a source for economic development that needs to be secured for the benefit of generations to come.”

The Executive Director alluded to the geographical closeness of the islands and noted that security challenges such as transnational organized crime affected each member of the region. “These shared challenges, dictate that cooperation and information-sharing between the RSS Member States are essential for maximizing maritime and port security,” Captain Shurland stated.

He further noted that maritime security not only referred to law enforcement but had significant implications for the Blue Economy.

“The importance of the maritime space for our collective future is undeniable… The Oceans have a tremendous potential for boosting economic growth, employment and innovation as the Blue Economy encompasses ocean-based industries such as shipping, fisheries, renewable energies, maritime transportation, sea ports, tourism and maritime biotechnology,” the RSS official explained.

Director of Projects at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Daniel Best, echoed the Executive Director’s sentiments,pointing out that “there are intrinsic links between maritime security and economic development”.

Mr. Best also highlighted the various threats to the marine space, including terrorism, piracy and the trafficking of narcotics, people and illicit goods.

“Transport security has become a vital issue globally… The introduction of security measures in the international transportation process has greatly influenced the competitiveness of modes and supply chains, he stated.

The Projects Director also underscored that a Maritime Security Strategy would draw the organisations who held responsibility for the seas and oceans closer.

“We consider the RSS a key player in maintaining regional and national security and undoubtedly the development of regional and national maritime security strategies will further assist the RSS and national state actors in securing our borders and maritime space,” Mr. Best affirmed.

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