U.S. Embassy staff Arthlyn Samuel of the Department of Homeland Security and Dina Abaa-Ogley of the Department of State received meritorious awards from the World Customs Organization for the indispensable role they played in the completion of the Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) between the United States and Trinidad and Tobago last year. Chargé d’Affaires John W. McIntyre presented the awards at the Embassy on behalf of the World Customs Organization and noted that the CMAA is the first of many agreements the Embassy expects to be signed with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in the near future. Like the CMAA, these agreements will strengthen the partnership between Trinidad and Tobago and the United States of America.
The CMAA marks a significant milestone in collaboration on security and trade facilitation between the U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago and is the second agreement in the Caribbean and 77th worldwide.
CMAAs provide the legal framework for the exchange of information and evidence to assist countries in the enforcement of Customs laws, including duty evasion, wildlife trafficking, threats to agriculture and human health, IPR violations, proliferation of controlled substances, money laundering, and terrorism-related activities. CMAAs are also excellent means of establishing greater bilateral cooperation on trade and law enforcement issues.