Trinidad and Tobago gets U.S Help to Improve Communications and National Security



The substantive Minister of Public Administration and Communications, the Honourable Maxie Cuffie is currently in Washington where he is collaborating with and receiving training intended to improve the way the Government communicates internally and with the wider public in times of crisis.

Minister Cuffie is one of several Government Ministers who travelled to the US on March 4th to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). While there, he and his colleagues are expected to examine crisis communication as it pertains to countering extremism. Also on the agenda is emergency management and emergency communication, among other issues.

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funds and administers the IVLP. Participants are selected by staff at local US embassies around the world; there is no application process.

The team from Trinidad and Tobago also includes Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly; Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Stuart Young; Chief Administrator, Tobago House of Assembly, Raye Sandy; Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, Michael Pierre; Assistant Commissioner of Police, Erla Harewood-Christopher; Chief Immigration Officer, Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews and Director, Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Allan Stewart.

Communications Consultant at the Ministry of National Security, Irene Medina and Member of Parliament for Mayaro, Rushton Paray are also participating in this year’s IVLP.

Members of the team are expected to travel to Annapolis, Maryland and New York. Minister Cuffie resumes duties on March 13th. In his absence Minister Camille Robinson-Regis is acting as the Minister of Public Administration and Communications.


March 7, 2017