Evaluating the effectiveness
of current anti-terrorism policies and practices, including
those related to border controls, transportation security
and terrorist financing, are the main topics on the agenda
of the Fifth Regular Session of the Inter-American Committee
Against Terrorism (CICTE) now under way in Port of Spain.
The meeting, sponsored by the Organization of American States
(OAS), will focus on exploring new strategies of multilateral
cooperation to promote and sustain the hemispheric fight
Dr. Elias Bluth, Under-Secretary for National
Defense of Uruguay and Chair of CICTE delivered the opening
remarks along with the Honorable Prime Minister of the Republic
of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Patrick Manning, and the Acting
Secretary General of the OAS, Ambassador Luigi R. Einaudi.
Other topics to be covered during the meeting
include the inter-American strategy to combat threats to
cybersecurity, a follow up to the First Cybersecurity Practitioner’s
Workshop held in Ottawa, Canada, in March 2004. The presentation
on the subject of cybersecurity will be made by the chair
from El Salvador.
Presentations on counter-terrorism measures
by Argentina, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, United
States and Canada are scheduled for Friday.
The presentation by the United States will
be on "Sources of technical and financial assistance
for counter-terrorism capacity-building" and on "Operational
aspects of port security: compliance with the International
Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code)".
Canada's presentation will be on the "Evaluation of
the OAS Symposium on Border Management: A Dialogue on Cross-Border
Cooperation and Border Integrity".
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