U.S. to provide T&T with US$1.8 million for Security Assistance Programs

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Margaret B. Diop and Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston C. Dookeran shake hands following the signing.
U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Margaret B. Diop and Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston C. Dookeran shake hands following the signing.

Port of Spain June 27, 2014: The United States has signed an agreement to provide Trinidad and Tobago with US$1.8 million for security assistance programs.

The signing ceremony took place on Friday, June 27, 2014 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Waterfront Complex, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain.

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Margaret B. Diop and Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston C. Dookeran signed the agreement on behalf of the governments of the United States and Trinidad and Tobago, respectively.

Ms. Diop said the agreement increases cooperative opportunities between the two countries, pointing out that the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is a strong partner of the United States on security matters, including the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).

She said the agreement allows for continued development of programs aimed at increasing citizen security by strengthening law enforcement capacities to counter illicit traffickers and deter violent crime. The goal of these programs is to improve security, promote social justice, and counter the efforts of local and international criminal organizations.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston C. Dookeran expressed his government’s sincere gratitude to the U.S. Government for its ongoing support to Trinidad and Tobago and for continually strengthening TT’s law enforcement and protective services. He said such support will better prepare Trinidad and Tobago to address critical threats of interest to each nation and the international community.

In addition to direct, bilateral assistance on narcotics and law enforcement matters, the United States committed more than US$263 million in funding to the CBSI in its first four years to support regional programs that benefit Trinidad and Tobago and its Caribbean neighbors in many areas, including law enforcement information sharing, counterterrorism, and maritime cooperation.

The United States also invests heavily in HIV/AIDs prevention, military education and training, advancing economic development and trade, and promoting social inclusion for marginalized groups.