• March 26-28, 2019
  • Bridgetown, Barbados

Promoting Regional Cooperation and Countering Transnational Threats.

Our annual CABSEC and SAMSEC forum will be hosted by the Barbados Defence Force; Barbados, 26 - 28 March.

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This established forum meets annually and brings together the region's defence and security leadership to discuss strategy, cooperation, requirements and challenges and has helped advance the security dialogue in the region through the forum's objectives to;

  • Promote regional and hemispheric security cooperation through expanding networks
  • Help to build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security capacity in Central and South America and the Caribbean

The key theme for 2019 is Promoting Regional Cooperation and Countering Transnational Threats. With a specific day dedicated to HA/DR relief in the region.

Industry is welcome to join the forum and raise awareness of the technical solutions available - from OPVs, helicopters and fixed-wing asserts to emergency deployable communications and MDA equipment.

Key topics under discussion at CABSEC & SAMSEC 2019 include:

  • Combating transnational organised criminal networks
  • Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief cooperation and communication
  • Ensuring the security of the maritime domain and blue economy
  • Facilitating regional and hemispheric security cooperation
  • Sharing lessons relating to the interdiction of illicit through the region
  • National and collective approaches to security challenges
  • Enhancing regional training, capacity building and security cooperation
  • Sharing lessons in procurement and modernization

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Meet the Speakers

Hosted in Barbados by:

  • The Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, QC, MP, Prime Minister of Barbados, Government of Barbados
  • Colonel Glyne Sinatra Grannum, Chief of Staff, Barbados Defence Force
  • Alexander Stephenson, Deputy Division Director, Defence IQ
  • Alexander Stephenson, Deputy Division Director, Defence IQ

2019 Speakers and Delegations

  • Lieutenant General Rocky Meade, Chief of Defence Staff, Jamaican Defence Force
  • Vice Admiral Juan Jose Padilla Olmos, General Coordinator of Naval Aeronautics, Mexican Secretariat of the Navy - SEMAR
  • Major General Luis Rodriguez Bucio (Mexican Army), Chairman of the Council of Delegates, Inter-American Defense Board
  • Rear Admiral Eric Solar Olavarria, Director of Security and Maritime Operations, Chilean Navy
  • Rear Admiral Rene-Jean Crignola, Commander (COMSUP), French Forces in the French West Indies
  • Rear Admiral Stephanie Keck, Deputy Director, JIATF-South
  • Brigadier General Pablo Enrique Garcia, Commander of the Air Operations Command, Colombian Air Force
  • Brigadier General Steven Ortega, Commander, Belize Defence Force
  • Brigadier General Peter Jan de Vin, Commander, Netherlands Forces in the Caribbean
  • Commodore Rhett Hatcher, Military Head International Security Directorate, Security Policy and Operations, UK Ministry of Defence
  • Brigadier John Ridge, Chief of Joint Force Operations, UK Joint Force Headquarters
  • Captain Douglas Archer, Coast Guard Officer, Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force
  • Colin John, Commissioner of Police (Ag.), Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force
  • Captain Federico Sierra Zuluaga, Commander of the Anti-Narcotics Task Force No. 73, Colombian Navy
  • Capt. (Naval Res.) Jaime Roberto Davalos, Advisor to the Ministry of National Defense, Ecuadorian MoND
  • Captain (N) Errington Shurland, Executive Director, Regional Security System Headquarters
  • Colonel Clinton O'Neill, Branch Head of Operations, Plans & Intelligence, Armed Forces of Malta
  • Elizabeth Riley, Deputy Executive Director, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
  • Major Michael Jones, Executive Director (Ag), CARICOM IMPACS
  • Major George Benson, Director Principal, Caribbean Regional Drug Law Enforcement Training Centre (REDTRAC)
  • Jose Vila Del Castillo, Regional Representative, UNODC
  • Juan Martinez, Regional Coordinator for Latin and South America, EU SEACOP
  • Johan Obdola, President, International Organization for Security and Intelligence
  • Mandela Christian, Programme Officer, Preparedness and Response Unit, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
  • Joanne Persad, Manager, Preparedness and Response Unit, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
  • Air Marshal (retd.) Sir Christopher Harper, Former Director General, NATO International Military Staff
  • Hannah Pathak, Deputy CEO, Rescue Global
  • Karen Clarke, Caribbean Regional Coordinator, EU SEACOP
  • Lieutenant Colonel Olivier LECLERCQ, Head of the International Relations Division, French Forces in French Guiana
  • Jayne Cutler, Regional Manager - Western Caribbean, Border Force International, UK Home Office

Confirmed Observers:


  • Senator, the Honourable Hermangild Francis, Minister for Home Affairs, Justice and National Security, Government of Saint Lucia
  • Major General Bill Seymour, Deputy Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command
  • Rear Admiral Peter J. Brown, Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District, U.S. Coast Guard
  • General DE ALA P.A. D.E.M.A Otoniel Gomez Morales, Military and Air Attache, Mexican Embassy in Trinidad & Tobago

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Source: ASDEvents
Date: Feb 20, 2019