PM Roosevelt Skerrit attends two-day regional symposium in Trinidad and Tobago

Prime Minister of Dominica- Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, attended the two-day Regional Symposium on "Violence as a Public Health Issue – The Crime Challenge” in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, April 17, 2023.

PM Roosevelt Skerrit attends two-day regional symposium in Trinidad and Tobago
PM Roosevelt Skerrit attends two-day regional symposium in Trinidad and Tobago Image Credits: Roosevelt Skerrit Facebook Page

Roseau, Dominica: Prime Minister of Dominica- Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, attended the two-day Regional Symposium on “Violence as a Public Health Issue – The Crime Challenge” in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, April 17, 2023. 

Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica, will also deliver remarks at the Regional Symposium: Violence as a Public Health Issue – The Crime Challenge on April 18 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad. People can watch the live speech of Dr Roosevelt Skerrit live on CARICOM Platforms, TTT, I95.5FM and 103FM. 

PM Skerrit took to Facebook and shared glimpses of the event. He said, “I am currently attending the two-day Regional Symposium on “Violence as a Public Health Issue – The Crime Challenge” in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.” 

The Symposium seeks to promote dialogue and action at the regional level to reduce violence and prevent crime. He expressed pleasure and said that he is slated to formally address the forum during the morning session on Tuesday.

A 2-day Regional Symposium: Violence as a Public Health Issue – the Crime Challenge is on from today, April 17, to April 18. The Symposium was hosted by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr the Hon. Keith Rowley and will be attended by CARICOM Heads of Government.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Lead Head with responsibility for Crime and Security delivered an address on day one of the Regional Symposium: Violence as a Public Health Issue – The Crime Challenge held at the Hyatt Regency, Trinidad, today (Monday, April 17, 2023).

Here’s an extract from Dr Rowley’s speech:

“Our current laws acknowledge a suite of afflictions, Yellow fever, Smallpox, Plague, Cholera, Ebola, Novel Coronavirus as notifiable, warranting emergency responses if even only a few cases are known to appear. Violent behaviour, violent crime, involving the use of firearms, the associated individual and group mental health trauma accompanying violent behaviour, so ever-present amongst us now, pose a far greater destructive threat than these diseases and on that basis alone qualifies violence as a public health emergency.”

Various regional leaders such as the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia- Philip J Pierre, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis- Dr Terrance Drew, Prime Minister of Grenada- Dickon Mitchell, Prime Minister of Jamaica- Andrew Holness, and Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines– Ralph Gonsalves have also attended the symposium.