The United States Department of State said on Friday that the US and co-host Jamaica have completed an historic three-day cyber capacity-building workshop with participation from 12 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.
“In support of US-Caribbean 2020, the workshop is the first of its kind in the region and designed to promote cybersecurity and combat cybercrime,” said the State Department about the workshop that concluded on Thursday.
It said US Ambassador Donald R. Tapia, Jamaican Minister of National Security, Dr. Horace Chang; Jamaican Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Fayval Williams and other senior US and Jamaican officials opened the event.
The State Department said cyber officials from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago “actively participated” in the workshop.
In addition to the State Department, the US delegation included experts from the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice, as well as the Federal Communications Commission and the National Security Council, the statement said.
It said the Jamaican delegation included presenters and instructors from the Ministries of National Security, Justice, and Science, Energy and Technology.
The State Department said the Organization of American States, CARICOM IMPACS, the Council of Europe, industry partners and other non-governmental speakers also “provided their expertise on developing capacities to promote cybersecurity and combat cybercrime.”