JAMAICA FLAG DEMONSTRATES ITS COMMITMENT TO SECURITY
||Security matters took centre stage this week when the Maritime Authority of Jamaica joined forces with Canadian experts to develop a comprehensive national security strategy.
The two-day Jamaica-Canada Maritime Security Policy Workshop took place in Kingston, Jamaica on April 15 and 16, 2010. Experts throughout the maritime security industry and leading members of the Jamaican shipping industry and related businesses discussed in detail maritime security policy, including legal frameworks, training measures, implementation strategies and future policies.
They heard from a variety of Canadian representatives on several key aspects of Canada's marine security regime, including the Marine and Ports Branch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Representing Jamaica were officials from the Ministry of Transport and Works, the Ministry of Justice, the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, the Port Authority of Jamaica, Port Security Corps, JDF Headquarters and Coast Guard, JCF Marine Operations and Jamaica Customs, together with a number of leading Jamaican maritime business leaders.
And in a keynote speech, Canada's High Commissioner to Jamaica, Stephen Hallihan, outlined Canada's programmes in Jamaica, noting the long and close ties that both countries have. Valerie Simpson, Director of Policy for the Ministry of Transport and Works chaired the second day’s events.
Commenting on the importance of the workshop, Transport and Works Minister Mike Henry said that Jamaica stands to reap great benefits from the synergies that will be forged.
"Jamaica being an island state depends on imports and exports by sea (up to 90%)and has to satisfy international maritime conventions that are in place, including security arrangements which are consistent with international rules and regulations; against this background, I welcome this workshop and look forward to mutually beneficial discourse and positive outcomes," the Minister added.
Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, said: "As Jamaica advances towards its goal of becoming a maritime centre, this workshop is important to help us further develop and enhance all aspects of security within Jamaica's maritime industry and to share best practice. I am looking forward to some lively debates and significant outcomes."
Delegates also enjoyed a reception at the home of the Canadian High Commissioner.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
Mr. Stephen Larkin
Senior Policy Analyst
Marine Security Policy
Sergeant Douglas Glasgow
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Rear Admiral Peter Brady
Maritime Authority of Jamaica
Honourable Michael Henry
Minister of Transport and Works
Mr. Stephen Hallihan
Canadian High Commissioner
Mr. Fulvio Fracassi
Director General, Marine Security Directorate
Dr. Allan Bartley
Director, Marine Security Policy
Mr. Graham Pettifer
At the reception hosted by the Canadian High Commissioner at his residence