Cyber-crime, gunrunning and the fallout from the political upheaval in Venezuela were at the top of the agenda as Saint Lucia played host to a one-day meeting of the Regional Security System on Monday.
The gathering of the security chiefs follows a similar meeting held in another RSS member territory earlier this year.
Saint Lucia’s National Security Minister Hermangild Francis assumed the chair of the council of ministers that oversees the RSS in March 2017.
Saint Lucia has increasingly looked to the RSS for support in the wake of the withdrawal of US security assistance to the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.
However, Minister Francis admits that while there is empathy for Saint Lucia the scope of RSS members is limited.
The Regional Security System (RSS) was created out of a need for a collective response to security threats.
In October 1982, four members of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Barbados to provide mutual assistance on request.
This gave rise to the birth of the RSS.
RSS Council of Ministers, which consists of national security ministers and security chiefs of member states, is the governing body of the regional security system. [Watch video]