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2015 Speakers included:

Admiral (Active Reserve) Hernando Wills Vélez
Admiral (Active Reserve) Hernando Wills Vélez
Former Chief of the Colombian Navy (2013 – 2015)
Chairman of the Joint Forum and SAMSEC Conference
Vicealmirante Edwin R. Dominici Rosario, ARD
Vicealmirante Edwin R. Dominici Rosario, ARD
Vice-Ministro de Defensa para Asuntos Navales y Costeros
República Dominicana
Brigadier Rocky Meade
Brigadier Rocky Meade
Deputy Chief of Defence Staff
Jamaican Defence Force
Commodore Hans Lodder
Commodore Hans Lodder
Netherlands Forces in the Caribbean
Rear Admiral Olivier Coupry
Rear Admiral Olivier Coupry
Commander (COMSUP)
French Forces in the Caribbean
Rear Admiral Cedric Pringle
Rear Admiral Cedric Pringle
Deputy Director
Joint Interagency Task Force South
Major General Rafael Melara Rivera
Major General Rafael Melara Rivera
Chief of Defence
El Salvador Armed Forces

Safeguarding the maritime economy and countering transnational organised crime throughout the hemisphere

CABSEC 16 is held with the support of the Colombian Navy with the purpose of countering transnational organised crime through enhanced maritime security and coastal surveillance. It is co-located with SAMSEC 16 our South American Security summit offering additional opportunities for networking and information exchange throughout the hemisphere.

This established forum brings together ministers, chiefs of defence, service chiefs, law-enforcement officials, and diplomatic personnel to discuss security capacity building and structures of cooperation within the region and sub-regions.

The nexus between transnational organized crime and extremist organizations continues to pose a global threat and remains a critical risk for Caribbean and South American Nations; the impact of a terrorist incident would decimate the tourist economy throughout the region.

Shared challenges and CTOC/CN operations offer an opportunity for collaboration and security cooperation throughout the hemisphere.

Key topics discussed at CABSEC & SAMSEC 2016 include:

  • Combating transnational organised criminal networks
  • Strengthening inter-institutional coordination for the exchange of information
  • Ensuring the security of the maritime domain and EEZ is safeguarded for economic purposes
  • Facilitating regional and hemispheric security cooperation
  • Sharing lessons relating to the interdiction of narcotics flowing through the region
  • National and collective approaches to security challenges
  • Enhancing regional training, capacity building and security cooperation
  • Sharing lessons in procurement and modernization

Attendee Stories

"Excelente! Muy buenos las presentaciones y el objectivo de la misma es fabulosa pasa nuestros paises de la region del caribe. Espero volver con una presentacion." - Captain Victor Pilier, Director de Inteligencia Naval, Armada Republica Dominicana
"Excellent" - Simon Riondet, Head of Interagency Unit, OCTRIS
"Great Conference. It is always good to get the main players all in one place to discuss common issues and provide possible solutions" - Jeffrey Forde, Special Projects Officer, Regional Security System
"Great Forum" - Rear Admiral Macedo, Head of Naval Aviation, Mexican Navy
"The conference was very informative, as it exposed the people dealing with regional security problems to the people who can provide the equipment required to get the job done properly. It exposed all to the security issues confronting the region" - Lt. Col. Patrick Wallace, Commander, St. Kitts Nevis Defence Force
"A good information sharing platform. The organisation should include politicians and government officials who make policy, including the legal circle" - Captain (CG) John Flores, Colonel Administration and Quartering, Guyana Defence Force
"It was a very informative conference, knowledge was received in regards to the efforts and activities in the drug trafficking trade in the region" - Brigadier David Jones, Commander, Belize Defence Force
"Interesting and well organised" - James Story, Director, U.S. Department of State

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