T&T laments lack of funding for IMPACS
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — Trinidad and Tobago has called on its Caribbean Community (Caricom) member states to fulfil their obligations and make the necessary payments to the Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), a regional organisation.
The regional leaders met in retreat and caucus on Thursday and Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar, who has lead responsibility for security within the quasi-Caricom Cabinet, said prior to her departure from the ongoing summit here on Thursday night, that Caribbean countries needed to pay their dues for the upkeep of the Trinidad-based agency.
"I raised the issue of IMPACS and the fact that the funding has not been as forthcoming as it should be from Caricom nations. I tabled that issue for discussions and it will be taken up by Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran in my absence," she said.
IMPACS serves as the nerve centre of the region's new multilateral crime and security management architecture. It is specifically designed to administer a collective response to the crime and security priorities of member states.
IMPACS also has responsibility for the co-ordination of meetings of five sub-committees, including the Standing Committee of Commissioners of Police; the Standing Committee of Military Heads; and the Standing Committee of Heads of Intelligence and Financial Investigative Units.