The President of the Council of Delegates of the Inter-American
Defense Board (IADB), Vice Admiral Gonzalo Rios Polastri, met with Major General Kenrick Maharaj, Chief of Defense Staff
(CDS), and Brigadier-General Phillips-Spencer, Vice Chief of Defense Staff (VCDS)
of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force on the 23th November 2015
and a follow-on meeting with the VCDS on the 24th November, in Port
of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
The meetings were very cordial and focused
on the IADB support to the Caribbean Region as Facilitator, and as technical
advisor to the Secretariat Pro-Tempore of the XII CDMA.
Specific to the role of Facilitator of the
IADB, the CDS and VCDS were very pleased to note the Board’s initiative to
strengthen its relationship with regional organizations such as CARICOM IMPACS,
Regional Security System (RSS) and Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management
Agency (CDEMA). A discussion on the great importance of the IADB relations with
the specialized Conferences of the Armed Forces (CAA, IANC and SICOFAA), and
other regional or sub-regional organizations or Conferences also took place.
This meeting was also great opportunity to
reiterate the IADB’s appreciation for Trinidad and Tobago’s confidence in the
Board’s ability to support the Secretariat Pro Tempore of the XII CDMA. The
meeting also allowed for interesting discussion on the new global security
landscape and the importance of collaboration and coordination to fight the
resulting emerging threats. The IADB’s intent to organize a series of
seminars or conferences on different themes related to the different thematic
axis of the XII CDMA was also very well received.
Vice Admiral Gonzalo Rios Polastri also
reiterated the importance of Trinidad and Tobago’s leadership and support
within the IADB, reiterating the great importance for the Board to receive
students and personal from Trinidad and Tobago to fill either staff or senior
Major General Kenrick Maharaj, and staff
were very appreciative for this visit of the IADB and the support provided to
the Secretariat pro Tempore of the XII CDMA, with a special mention for the
very useful reports provided to the Secretariat Pro tempore to assist in the
preparation of the last preparatory meeting of the XII CDMA that took place in
October 2015. The CDS and Staff are looking forward to the continued and
growing collaboration with the IADB.