Prime Minister Andrew Holness is currently off the island on his way to participate in the inaugural regional security conference to be held in Trinidad and Tobago.

The CARICOM conference comes as a region grapples with heightened transnational criminal activities.

Prime Minister Holness has said crime should be a treated as a health emergency and that regional leaders should collaborate to tackle the problem.

The Security Summit will address crime and violence as a public health issue and will be staged under the theme, “The Crime Challenge: None of us is safe until all of us are safe”.

The regional security meeting was announced following the recently held 44th regular meeting of the conference of heads of government in February in the Bahamas.

The two-day event will be hosted by the government of Trinidad and Tobago in the capital Port of Spain, tomorrow and Tuesday.

The Prime Minister will return to the island on Wednesday and while he is away, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang will be in charge of the government.