Is Trinidad and Tobago serious about dealing with the illicit trades?

Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) is a member nation of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) created by the US in 2009. The core objectives of the CBSI involve: reducing the flow of illicit drugs through the region, reducing the flow of illicit arms through the region and improving public safety and security. To attain these core objectives US SOUTHCOM created the Technical Assistance Field Team (TAFT) whose task it is to assist CBSI member states in improving maritime asset operational readiness which is most crucial to attacking the illicit drug and gun trades that impact T&T. Why then is T&T not a signatory to the TAFT agreement? Why has T&T refused the military expertise on offer under the TAFT agreement? T&T has refused to access the expertise on offer but is willing to attend TAFT programs as an observer. Why did the PP government refuse to be a signatory to TAFT and what is the reason for this decision? The newly installed PNM government has now to act as an explanation to the nation is necessary.

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