The Government of Saint Lucia has formed a National Security Council to co-ordinate the activities of the state agencies engaged in maintaining the security of the state. Cabinet gave its approval for the formation of the Council in January, 2013.
The Council consists of the following representatives:
Prime Minister (Chairman);
Minister for National Security (Deputy Chairman);
Minister for Tourism, Heritage and the Creative Industries;
National Security Advisor;
Commissioner of Police;
Comptroller of Customs;
General Manager, Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority;
Director, Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA).
Cabinet agreed that the chair may invite additional persons to attend meetings of the Council, when and if required.
The main functions of the National Security Council include:
Acting as a body for ventilating different views on security issues and developing consensus positions;
Elaborating a strategic framework for dealing with current and emerging risks and threats and structuring longer-term planning, including resource allocation;
Devising policy options and recommendations for Government on specific matters;
Coordinating the activity of Government ministries and departments with a security role;
Taking the lead for the Government in a state of emergency;
The inaugural meeting of the Council will be held today, Friday, September 13, 2013.