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OAS Holds Workshop for Caribbean Ministers on Cyber Security

  August 24, 2012

The Organization of American States (OAS), along with the United States Department of Justice and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, this week brought together high-level officials from the Caribbean for a workshop focused on addressing the region’s needs in cyber security and setting forth a plan for meeting them.

The workshop, jointly organized by the OAS Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) and the United States Department of Justice, was held in Miami from August 22 to August 24. Participants heard public and private sector officials speak about the challenges facing the region in addressing cyber security, and took part in creating a Caribbean Cyber Security Framework that includes an action plan and a timeline detailing steps at the national and regional level to be taken to improve cyber security capacities as well as a blueprint for how OAS Member States can collaborate with one another and the private sector to improve cyber security.

The first day of the workshop entailed presentations by public and private entities, as well as civil society. For the latter half of the event, participants were divided into working groups to devise and draft the Framework. Delegates also attended sessions on how to draft and implement comprehensive cybercrime legislation, including substantive laws and procedural tools for police investigation.

The workshop forms part of a partnership between OAS/CICTE and the Meeting of Ministers of Justice or of Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA) and the US Department of Justice that carried out a similar Cyber Security and Cyber Crime Workshop in Montevideo in July, and is the fourth workshop of its kind.

CICTE led one track of the meeting which focused on cyber security policy development for Caribbean governments. Attending this section were the Ministers or Ministerial-level officials from the 14 Caribbean OAS Member States: The Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Suriname, Guyana, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-295/12