Antigua and Barbuda and U.S. Sign MOU for CSII
Antigua and Barbuda became the second Caribbean country to become a full member state of the Cooperative Sensor Integrative Initiative (CSII).
This occured when Minister of National Security and Labor Dr. Errol Cort and Charge d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy, Christopher Sandrolini signed an agreement on Wednesday April 19th 2012.
The CSII uses an integrated digital platform for sharing real-time information on air and sea traffic. With this the Caribbean partner states and the United States have a regional, web-based, unclassified information sharing system that spans air, sea and land, making it more difficult for smugglers to escape detection.
The CSII, will add to the planned integration of additional sensors to cover existing gaps and the U.S. government's Secure Seas initiative which provides interdiction boats to several countries.
CSII will also help build the Caribbean’s capacities in humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, search and rescue, by integrating air, land and sea information into a single network.
CSII is part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) launched by President Barack Obama in 2009. Under the CBSI, the U.S. Government has committed US$139 million to the region to reduce illicit trafficking and increase public safety.
Mr. Sandrolini expressed gratitude to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda for the concrete and important sign of partnership with the U.S. in securing our shared Caribbean space.
Mr. Sandrolini added that the U.S. stands ready to support Antigua and Barbuda in seizing assets of drug cartels and putting them to use on behalf of the legitimate services of law enforcement entities to reduce illicit trafficking and increase public safety.
St. Vincent and Grenadines was the first Eastern Caribbean member state to become a full member state of the CSII in early April 2012.