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Caribbean Basin Coastal Surveillance and Maritime Security Summit 2014

11 March, 2014 - 13 March, 2014, Bridgetown, Barbados

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CABSEC 14: Promoting Information Exchange, Capacity Building and Regional Cooperation in the Caribbean Basin

In an environment of increased concern for the global implications of Caribbean maritime security, the CABSEC summit remains the ideal forum for those dedicated to disrupting and dismantling transnational criminal cartels, to gather together and discuss future plans.

Following the success of the inaugural CABSEC conference, we are committed to ensuring that the 2014 conference will build on its legacy and progress the debate on security concerns in the region. The conference attracts senior individuals from across the military/law-enforcement divide, and the many nations of the Caribbean to gather together and engage in meaningful discussion on the security situation in the region.

The nexus between transnational organized crime and extremist organizations continues to pose a global threat as well as remaining of concern to nations in the region. Funding for extremist groups around the world is connected to transatlantic illicit flows. These groups continue to threaten U.S. and European interest. For the Caribbean the risk is considerable; Caribbean Nations rely on tourism. The impact of an incident in any part of the Caribbean would be catastrophic for the economy of the region.
These shared challenges offer opportunity for collaboration. Counter-Narcotic operations are a cornerstone for hemispheric security cooperation along the third border of the United States. The EU and West Africa are also bound to the region by historical and cultural ties, making this a truly international forum to discuss the shared challenge of combatting transatlantic illicit trade.

I remain personally committed to ensuring the CABSEC forum is one that can make a meaningful contribution by fostering a community dedicated to tackling these concerns, addressing critical questions of maritime security and promoting the implementation of structures of cooperation within the region and sub-regions.

We look forward to seeing you to the Hilton hotel; Barbados, 11-13 March 2014!

Alexander Stephenson
CABSEC Director


“Saab found the CABSEC event to be one of the best IQPC conferences we have ever been to. The time and money invested at CABSEC was very well spent…”
Rickard Hjelmberg, Vice President Marketing & Sales, Maritime Surveillance Area

“This was the first attendance at CABSEC by FB Heliservices. It turned out to be extremely well attended and provided us with a valuable insight into the region’s helicopter services market. We have also made many useful contacts.”
James Goodbourn, Director, Business Development

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Why should you participate at the Caribbean Basin Coastal Surveillance and Maritime Security Summit?

Caribbean Basin Coastal Surveillance and Maritime Security is the Only Event Where You Will Meet Commanders of Coastguards and Navies from the Region As Well As Diplomatic Representatives from Regional and Global Powers, which Will Enable You To:

  • Engage with senior decision makers from local military and coastguard as well as representatives of regional powers and international diplomats as they come together to discuss the growing importance of Caribbean Basin Maritime Security.
  • Help shape the debate on how to best approach collective maritime security of separate island nations. Discuss the advantages and logistical challenges of shiprider agreements including the Regional Maritime Agreement
  • Share lessons from the recent process of capacity building and modernization is Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and the Bahamas in order to identify best practice for future investment decisions
  • Generate knowledge by contributing to the conversation on Caribbean maritime security priorities. Take advantage of an excellent forum for informed, productive dialogue between senior military, civilian and industry experts
  • Explore innovative approaches to information sharing and promoting enhanced maritime domain awareness. Take part in an interactive demonstration of the WISRD open source information space

Venue & Accommodation

Hilton Barbados Resort
Needham's Point St Michael,
BB 11000,
Phone: 1-246-426-0200

Travel and accommodation are not included in the registration fee. However a number of discounted bedrooms have been reserved at the Hilton Barbados. Please contact Teresa Nicholls ( or the hotel reservation department directly on Tel: 1-246-434-5700 and quote booking reference IQPC to receive your discounted rate, prices start from $269 excluding taxes. There is limited availability so we do encourage attendees to book early to avoid disappointment.

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The agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.


Advisory Board

  • Don Chee-A-Tow, Head of the Advisory Board, CABSEC 14
  • Rear Admiral (R) Hardley Lewin, Member of the Advisory Board, CABSEC 14
  • Dr Richard Downie, Member of the Advisory Board, CABSEC 14
  • Timothy Manhire, Member of the Advisory Board, CABSEC 14

2014 Speakers:

  • Hon. Freundel J. Stuart, Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Barbados
  • H.E. Mario Zamora, Minister of Public Security, Costa Rica
  • H.E. Ambassador Adam Blackwell, Secretary of Multidimensional Security, Organization of American States (OAS)
  • H.E. Ambassador Mikael Barfod, Head of EU delegation to Barbados & East Caribbean, EEAS
  • James Story, Director of Western Hemisphere Programs, Bureau of International Narcotics, U.S. Department of State
  • Vice Admiral Bento Costa Lima Leite De Albuquerque Junior, Director General of The Secretariat, Inter American Defense Board
  • Major General Kenrick Maharaj, Chief of Defence Staff, Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force
  • Rear Admiral Leonardo Santamaría, Caribbean Naval Force Commander, Colombian Navy
  • Rear Admiral Stephen Mehling, Director, JIATF South, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Rear Admiral Elizabeth Train, Director, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office, U.S. Navy
  • Brigadier General Hector Pachon Cañon, Commanding General, Colombian Marine Corps
  • Brigadier General Dick A. Swijgman, Flag Officer, Netherlands Forces in the Caribbean
  • Brigadier General William Mejía, Chief of General Staff, Salvadorean Army
  • Brigadier Mark Phillips, Chief of Defence Staff, Guyana Defence Force
  • Brigadier David Jones, Commander, Belize Defence Force
  • Colonel Ronni Benschop, Commander, National Armed Forces of Suriname
  • Colonel Trevor Thomas, Chief of Defence Staff, Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force
  • Colonel Desmond Edwards, General Staff, Jamaican Defence Force
  • Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Wallace, Commander, Saint Kitts and Nevis Defence Force
  • Francis Forbes, Executive Director, CARICOM - IMPACS
  • Dale Sheehan, Capacity Building and Training, INTERPOL
  • Grenville Williams, Director (Ag.), Financial Intelligence Unit
  • Justin Ladner, Vice President Special Mission Aircraft, Beechcraft
  • Vince Macrì, Director of Business Development, North America and The Caribbean, RUAG Aviation
  • José Manuel Pérez-Pujazón, Deputy Executive Vice President-Defence, Indra
  • Mr Tim Manhire, Team Leader, SEACOP Programme
  • Terrence Sancko, Superintendent of Police, Maritime Division, The Jamaican Constabulary Force
  • Johan Obdola, Executive Director, IOSI
  • Tuesday Reitano, Secretariat, Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime


Event details

Defence IQ
11 March, 2014
13 March, 2014
Hilton Barbados Resort


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