Regional security initiative said reaping success

Regional security initiative said reaping success

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — United States Ambassador Brent Hardt says the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), now in its third year, is beginning to have an impact as a result of the many programmes implemented to fight crime in the region.

Hardt along with Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee on Monday, met with local and foreign senior security officials to discuss matters pertaining to the CBSI.

A government statement said the meeting, the second of its kind, is part of Guyana's recognition of the need for reform in the security sector and an important component of the CBSI Initiative.

It said that areas that Guyana will benefit from were discussed at the meeting and, according to Rohee, Georgetown remains optimistic about moving forward with the programme of cooperation under the CBSI which is fully funded by the US Government.

Guyana, through the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit, has been able to benefit from several of these programmes. The country now has the ability to track and identify criminals through its high-tech fingerprinting tool's which is one of the CBSI regional information-sharing programmes.

Hardt said that the initiative is a regional partnership launched by President Barack Obama in 2006, adding "what we developed was an initiative that would have seen us working more closely together to combat trafficking, promote citizen security, and strengthen the justice sector".

The US diplomat said that the team would continue to meet with regional groups and senior officials to define what is being done and diagnose where improve-ments are needed.

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