Trinidad to host Defense Ministers Confab

Prime ministers and defense ministers from 33 countries of the Americas will attend the upcoming 12th Conference of Defense Ministers, which will be held in Trinidad and Tobago to discuss terrorism and terrorists threats related to ISIS, the trafficking of arms and ammunition, drugs, and human trafficking.

The theme of the conference is, “Strengthening defense and security cooperation in the hemisphere in an increasingly volatile global environment”.

This was disclosed by Trinidad and Tobago National Security Minister Edmund Dillion who said the conference will run from Oct. 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain.

He said they will be holding the meetings on the issue of terrorism and terrorists within “our security landscape” and they will be looking at sharing information and intelligence gathering.

Dillion said the conference “allows us to that type of networking, also, the trading of experiences and best practices.”

The minister said there are three topics the meeting will be addressing: Security and Defense of the Americas in a Changing International Environment: The Evolving Role of the armed Forces, Environmental Protection and Resilience; and Hemispheric Security and Defense Cooperation Policy; Beginning with Strengthened Humanitarian Emergency Assistance.

Dillion noted that the conference is not a “crime specific” conference but one of the main intent is to share information and experiences which will help shape initiatives in treating with crime.

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