St. Kitts & Nevis and other Regional Governments urged to meet financial responsibilities to IMPACS

It has been pointed out that notwithstanding the tremendously valuable contributions that IMPACS has made to member states, the agency is today in urgent need of financial resources to sustain its operations, and meet its contractual obligations to pay staff salaries, as well as suppliers and service providers.

St. Kitts and Nevis and other states have grown to rely, not only on the expert services of the Agency, but also on the expertise of its people and as such governments are being urged to be more solemn in their recognition of their contribution.

Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas and other leaders attending this week’s Inter-Sessional CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting in St. Vincent have been cautioned by Trinidad’s Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, that to put at risk, the joint investment in regional security infrastructure, would be a mistake the Caribbean cannot afford to make.

She said that she was hard-pressed to raise the issue of funding and sustainability for the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security but it has become necessary.
Since 2009, the Agency has had a significant impact and continues to support the national crime fighting agendas, she added.

Member States have benefitted from training opportunities in the areas of information and intelligence sharing, border security, cyber security and ballistics. The IMPACS Headquarters continues to provide technical assistance to all States to ensure a coordinated approach to issues of crime. 

Through this coordination significant funding and support from the international community has been secured to continuously assist in capacity building exercises on the ground.
Member States relied on the expertise of IMPACS during the course of the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations as well as in the current implementation phase, and there is continuous technical support provided with respect to the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).

The Agency has responded to numerous bilateral requests through the Regional Investigative Management System (RIMS) to carry out sensitive investigations in the Member States, for example where members of the security forces are implicated.
IMPACS sub-Agencies continue to provide significant support to national law enforcement Agencies.

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