Caribbean Life, April 7-13, 2022
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley. Photo by George Alleyne
Barbados to host Caribbean
Nations Security Conference
By Nelson A. King
The United States Southern Command
(SOUTHCOM) said on Tuesday that it will
jointly host with the Barbados Defense Force,
the Caribbean Nations Security
Conference 2022 (CANSEC
22) from April 5-7, 2022 at the
Hilton Barbados Resort.
The Miami-based SOUTHCOM
is one of 11 unified Combatant
in the US Department of
SOUTHCOM said it is
responsible for providing contingency
and security cooperation in
its assigned Area of Responsibility,
which includes Central
America, South America
U.S. Gen. Laura Richardson
and the Caribbean (except U.S.
SOUTHCOM is a joint command comprising
more than 1,200 military and civilian
personnel representing the Army, Navy, Air
Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and several
other US federal agencies.
SOUTHCOM said in a statement that the
theme for this year’s conference is: “Multinational
Cooperation In A Changing Operational
Environment,” paying “particular
attention to Counter-Terrorism initiatives,
Counter-illicit flows operations, coordination
for Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief
(HA/DR), and protecting the Blue Economy,
with the view to countering transnational
threats and enhancing regional security.”
Now in its 24th year, SOUTHCOM said
the conference has “a strong history of promoting
regional and hemispheric security
cooperation in the Caribbean basin, as well
as other important global networks of cooperation.”
SOUTHCOM said the conference
last occurred in Barbados
in 2004 and annually
brings together 150 — 180
senior defense and security
officials with industry representatives
to security matters.
“The conference includes
sessions dealing with issues
pertinent to hemispheric security,
as well as sessions and
panel discussions that assess
region-specific and national
case studies,” SOUTHCOM
Due to the prevailing global
pandemic, it said this year’s
conference will adopt a “hybrid
SOUTHCOM said the focused attention
will be on Regional Humanitarian Assistance/
Disaster Relief (HADR), which will discuss
“established procedures or processes for
responding to a HADR scenario across the
region and lessons from past HADR events.”
The conference will also discuss and
identify best practices and opportunities in
regional coordination to counter transnational
threats, SOUTHCOM said.
It said the principal dignitaries in attendance
will be Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley;
General Laura Richardson, commander,
US Southern Command and CANSEC cohost;
and Commodore Errington Shurland,
chief of staff, Barbados Defense Force.
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