Maritime Security Report [June 1999]   [open pdf - 1MB]

Three international port security training courses were organized and managed by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) and conducted during the autumn of 1998 in Panama, Peru, and Barbados as principal activities of the Infer-American Port Security, Training Program (IAPSTP). The venues selected for the week- long courses attracted 100 regional participants from port authority police and security personnel as well as coast guard, customs service, and national police organizations from Central and South America and the Caribbean. The training team consisted of experienced professionals from the Port of Miami, the U.S. Customs Service, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police. The multinational format of the IAPSTP courses provided each group of participants the opportunity for five days of interaction with their regional counterparts on port and cargo security issues of mutual concern. As a result, insightful recommendations were developed for follow-on activities through regional cooperative initiatives. The recommendations are an important product of the training and constitute a transfer of technical information and expertise to the participants as well as an enhancement to Western Hemispheric international relations. Many of the recommendations are relevant to the goals and objectives of existing multilateral initiatives involving the United States and the other OAS member countries. For example, by focusing the emphasis of near-term activities on the Caribbean sub region, security elements of the principles contained in the 1997 Bridgetown Accord can be further advanced, resulting in multilateral mutual benefits and precedence for wider regional agreement.

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