Regional Security System (RSS), Mr. Grantley Watson, and Staff, on the 25th November 15 in Bridgetown, Barbados.
The meeting was organized to examine the potential for further collaboration between RSS and the IADB. Both RSS and the IADB presented their respective organizations and mandate and associated functions, information that allowed for the establishment of clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of both organizations, and the complementarity of the functions of the Board with those of other entities of the OAS.
Although the functions of the RSS are of an operational nature, a series of themes of common interest between both organizations were identified, including:
a. the inter-workings of inter-agency organizations (both the RSS and IADB are formed by civilian, police and military personal)
b. requirements for improved information exchanges between the different defense and security organizations or conferences that exist at different levels within this hemisphere;
c. response to emergencies / natural disasters;
d. search and rescue;
e. lessons learned on methods to counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs);
f. legislation regarding the employment of the armed forces in non-traditional duties;
g. capacity building in defense and security matters;
h. the protection of the environment;
j. counter terrorism; and
k. arms control.
All concluded that the identification of these themes of common interest warranted the investigation of the potential for further collaboration between the IADB and the RSS.
Mr. Watson and staff were very appreciative for this visit of the IADB and were very enthusiastic regarding the potential that exists to strengthen their relationship with the IADB.