The Marine Studies of the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited, and Well Services Petroleum Company Ltd hosted the inaugural “Enhancing Ocean Governance in the Caribbean Region” symposium from June 29-30, 2017. There are 12 participating territories from across the region in attendance and Ms Tricia Greaux – Department of Marine Resources and Mr Nigel Williams- Department of Maritime Affairs are representing St.Kitts and Nevis.
The opening ceremony consisted of several remarks from high ranking Government officials from Ministries of Legal, Defense, Coast Guard and Education as well as the President of Trinidad and Tobago His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, ORTT, SC.
Presentations on The status of Ocean Governance in the wider Caribbean and Challenges to Effective Implementation included; The Cartagena Convention: A Caribbean Ocean Governance Framework by Dr. Lorna Inniss, Piracy and Armed Robbery by Judge James L. Kateka, Support to Implementation: IMO’s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme by Mr Colin Young, Ocean Governance- The Role of the Maritime Services Division by Lieutenant Commander Ronald Alfred. Prior to several panel discussions were presentations on Jurisdictional challenges and Management of resources in the wider Caribbean Sea.
The symposium concludes with action items that were initiated by the partners and territories to play a role in Ocean Governance of the wider Caribbean region.
St.Kitts and Nevis representatives at the Ocean Governance workshop