US/Guyana sign $175M agreement to assist security programs

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By Leroy Smith

Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Carolyn Rodrigues – Birkett and US Ambassador to Guyana, Brent Hardt
Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Carolyn Rodrigues – Birkett and US Ambassador to Guyana, Brent Hardt

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The United States of America continues to pump money into Guyana particularly on the security front as part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative which seeks to strengthen the security infrastructure of the Caribbean Region.

Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Carolyn Rodrigues – Birkett and US Ambassador to Guyana, Brent Hardt signed the agreement which represents an amendment to an earlier agreement on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement.

Minister Rodrigues – Birkett said that it is clear that all countries in the region and the United States of America have come to the understanding that there can be no success if the fight against narcotics and other forms of crimes are challenged in a one-country approach.

She pointed to the daily emergence of different methods being employed by those who wish to be on the other side of the law to beat the system.

Additionally, Ambassador Hardt said the move is another building block in the collaboration between Guyana and the United States.

He explained that the agreement will see an even more broader and meaningful support for the rule of law programs that will eventually boost enforcement effectiveness and increase police capacity in fighting crime.

The Ambassador spoke specifically to the agreement which he says will see the support of several existing and new programmatic activities including the bringing into full operation the recently constructed Forensic laboratory while helping to establish fully vetted counter narcotic units and fully developed case partnership programs with the United States.

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