Guyana Home Affairs Minister Benn appointed as Chairman of Regional Security System Council
Guyana Home Affairs Minister Benn appointed as Chairman of Regional Security System Council || Picture Courtesy: Ministry of Home Affairs of Guyana

Georgetown, Guyana: Minister of Home Affairs Robeson Benn, accompanied by Col Omar Khan and the Acting Commissioner of Police, Clifton Hicken, are currently attending the Regional Security System Council of Ministers’ Meeting 2023 hosted in Grenada on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, according to the update shared by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

As per the update, in September 2022, Guyana formally joined the Regional Security System (RSS) after President Mohamed Irfaan Ali signed the Instrument of Accession.


Furthermore, it informed that since joining the RSS, Minister Benn, Khan and Hicken are attending the meeting for the first time. During the meeting, Minister of Home Affairs, Robeson Benn, was appointed Chairman of the RSS Council of Ministers.

The RSS was established in the early 1970s and 1980s in response to the necessity for a coordinated response to security challenges that were threatening regional stability. In order to establish “mutual assistance on request,” four Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Saint Lucia, as well as St Vincent and the Grenadines, inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Barbados in October 1982. St Kitts & Nevis joined after gaining independence in September 1983, and Grenada joined in January 1985. The MOU was revised in 1992, and the Treaty, which was signed in St. George’s, Grenada, gave the RSS legal standing in March 1996.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, further claimed that the meeting of the Council is attended by the Minister responsible for National Security in each Member State or a delegate with authority to vote on matters before the Council.

The RSS member states are Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Guyana, and Barbados. Besides this, it is worth mentioning that the RSS is currently headquartered in Barbados.