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CARICOM National Security and Law Enforcement Ministers prepare for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Georgetown, Guyana) The First Special Meeting of the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) and Attorneys-General of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 Host Countries was held 8 – 9 March 2024, at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Dale Marshall, SC, Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Barbados.

This follows an agreement at the Forty-Sixth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which was held in Georgetown, Guyana, to establish a Committee of Ministers with responsibility for Home Affairs, National Security, and Attorneys-General of the CARICOM Host Nations for the  International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 will take place from 4 – 30 June 2024. Forty-one matches will be played in six (6) Member States – Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.  Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago will play host to two semifinal matches, with the title decider being played in Barbados on 29 June. Three locations in North America will also host matches.

High on the meeting’s agenda was the establishment of a Permanent Single Domestic Space (SDS) which requires a review of operational requirements, proposed CARICOM Visa Regime, supporting infrastructural, security requirements, and legislation.

Meeting participants also reviewed the ICC and Cricket West Indies (CWI) requirements for the T20 Men’s Cricket Tournament, including completing assessments of the current security landscape and public health concerns. 

The Special Meeting formalised the work already being done by naturally occurring clusters of Institutions of CARICOM, comprising CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Regional Security System (RSS) and legal networks. The action plan for hosting the event continues to be strengthened by the identification and mitigation of gaps for the efficient delivery of the games.

It was decided that the necessary requirements for Mutual Recognition of Visas will be considered at the Special Meeting of Chiefs of Immigration and Comptrollers of Customs (CICC) in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, from 11 – 12 March 2024.

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