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Contact:  Kerwin Xavier


Monday March 28, 2011 –  The Regional Security System  RSS is to benefit from additional US and Canadian support.  Both countries have recognized the detrimental effects organized crime is having on the economies of the Americas and the Caribbean.  High Commissioner of Canada Ruth Archibald says her country is assisting the RSS in training and have already funded a needs assessment survey.


“The needs assessment  was funded with the knowledge that there would be a later application for additional funds to help implement its recommendations.

“ We have been consulting with the RSS about what should be included in the proposal.   It is our expectation that support  will be obtained to cover a share of the cost currently anticipated for the next three years.”  


Charge d'Affaires of the United States to the Eastern Caribbean – Dr. Brent Hardt reiterated his government's commitment to the RSS particularly through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative(CBSI) established about two years ago.  The CBSI initiative has a three-prong approach to fighting criminality.  


 “Step one to substantially reduce illicit trafficking. We do this by countering and reducing narcotics trafficking, the trafficking of small arms, trafficking in persons, by focusing our joint efforts on criminal organizations and by taking steps to counter and reduce money laundering.

“The second element is to advance public safety and security. We do this by seeking to prevent and reduce crime and violence, and to dismantle and disrupt gangs and focus on broader security measures.”  



Another area to receive assistance is in the  promotion of  social justice, by providing greater employment opportunities for youth at risk, and increasing the justice sector capacity to successfully prosecute criminals.

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