Local and Regional Policymakers and Heads of National Drug Authorities are gathered here today for a meeting on the CARICOM Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM) taking place at the Sunset Shore Hotel Conference Room.

This MEM 7th Round Process for the Caribbean, is a joint effort of CARICOM, the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), and the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, to provide in-depth awareness of the MEM process to the relevant permanent secretaries and heads of drug authorities.

Delivering remarks at the opening ceremony, Beverly Reynolds, Coordinator of Health and Human Development, in the Human and Social Development Directorate at the CARICOM Secretariat said MEM is a benchmark against which CARICOM countries measure our progress as we tackle the drug problem nationally and as a region.

Meanwhile, Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Luke Browne in his keynote address disclosed that the Government has established a National Drug Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, which is comprised of several Government Ministers and Senior Government officials.

He said a National Anti-Drug Secretariat has also been established.

Minister Browne said the porous borders of St. Vincent and the Grenadines makes us easy prey as a transshipment point for drug trafficking.

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