PRIME MINISTER PHILIP DAVIS’S REMARKS AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 46TH ANNUAL CARIBBEAN CUSTOMS LAW ENFORCEMENT COUNCIL

It’s a pleasure to be here today at the 46th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC).

I welcome all delegates, distinguished guests, and representatives from across our region and beyond, who have gathered here in the capital of our beautiful Bahamas.

Your presence is encouraging, as it demonstrates a commitment to fostering cooperation, enhancing customs enforcement, and promoting economic prosperity in the Caribbean.

Since its establishment in 1989, CCLEC has played a pivotal role in uniting customs administrations across our region.

This council has significantly strengthened our ability to enforce customs laws, combat illicit activities, and facilitate legitimate trade through collaboration and knowledge sharing. The theme of this year’s conference, “Transforming the Customs Landscape to Meet Changing Needs,” aptly captures the essence of our ongoing mission, and the challenges we face in an ever-evolving global landscape.

This conference serves as a reminder of the critical role that customs administrations play in safeguarding our borders, enhancing revenue collection, and ensuring the smooth facilitation of trade.

It will also highlight the importance of protecting our economies from the threats posed by smuggling, fraud, and other illicit activities.

In today’s world, where technological advancement and globalization continue to reshape the dynamics of trade and security, it is imperative that we remain agile and innovative, as we keep up with modern trends.

Over the next few days, this conference will serve as a vital platform for discussing and exploring cutting-edge strategies and technologies that can enhance our customs operations. From advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence to blockchain and other emerging technologies, the sessions will provide invaluable insights into how we can leverage these tools to build capacity while improving efficiency, accuracy, and security in our customs processes.