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Hon Vincent Byron Elected as Chairman of CDEMA

Monday, August 10, 2020

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HIGHLIGHTS

The AG was recently elected Chairman of CDEMA during a virtual meeting of the Council of Ministers at 10th Annual Ordinary Session of the Council.
The meeting discussed the leadership role of the Agency in the domestic and regional response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Special acknowledgement was given in regard to the coordination of a relief supplies for the region.
The CDEMA highlighted the main goal of minimizing new infections at a time when restrictions are being lifted in the various countries.

St. Kitts and Nevis’ Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs Hon Vincent Byron has recently been elected as Chairman of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) for the biennial period of 2020 to 2021. His elevation to the role occurred during a virtual meeting of the Council of Ministers held via Zoom over the two-day period of 26th June and 3rd July 2020. This was the 10th Annual Ordinary Session of the Council.

Attorney General Byron is Chairman of the National Disaster Mitigation Council of St. Kitts and Nevis. The Council is made up of departments across government and works with National Emergency Management Agency to provide leadership in relation to disaster mitigation in the Federation.

The CDEMA meeting discussed the leadership role of the Agency in the domestic and regional response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Special acknowledgement was given in regard to the coordination of a relief supplies hub for the region.

The Council also took cognizance of the need for active surveillance, testing, contact tracing and observance of safety protocols amongst the population; in light of the continuing risk of imported cases of the virus. It also emphasized the overarching goal of minimizing new infections at a time when restrictions are being lifted in the various countries.

CDEMA is a regional inter-governmental agency for disaster management in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Its highest decision-making body is the Council of Ministers which is made up of the heads of government or their nominees representing the respective member states of CARICOM.

See LINK to CDEMA Release:

https://www.cdema.org/news-centre/press-releases/2056-the-cdema-council-recognises-the-role-of-the-agency-in-the-fight-against-covid-19

 

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It is the principal mission of the Office of the Attorney General to provide legal advice and services to and on behalf of The Crown, and to conduct and respond to all matters of litigation for and against The Crown or any Ministry or Agency of the Government.

Importantly, its mandate includes the extensive oversight of the legislative agenda of the Government.

The Office of the Attorney General also provides administrative support for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and superintends all matters relating to the Electoral Office.

Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs

The Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs ensures that the rule of law is facilitated and supported by the various mechanisms by which citizens can have equal access to the justice system and by which they can be afforded the protection of the law. It also takes responsibility for ensuring that the statutes are updated and modernized to keep pace with an evolving society.

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Hon. Mr. Vincent Byron
Attorney General

Ms. Diana Francis
Permanent Secretary

(Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs)

The Office of the Attorney General

The Office of the Attorney General is chiefly responsible for providing legal counsel and advice to the Executive Branch of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis. The functioning of the Office is rooted in the Constitution and is further detailed by the provisions of the Attorney General’s Act Cap 3.02 of the laws of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

One of the more prolific manifestations of the advisory functions of the Office of the Attorney General is its contribution to the legislative agenda of the government. As such, the responsibility of preparation of all legislation: from conceptualization to the presentation of Bills and the crafting of Regulations falls within the purview of the office.

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Government Headquarters,
Church Street, Basseterre, St. Kitts

+1(869) 467-1013

attorneygeneral@gov.kn

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