Dominica is said to be the first country in the region to benefit from a US$79 million security package to help fight crime in the Caribbean.
The announcement was made by Charge d’Affairs of the US Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Brent Hardt, during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two countries to help fight drug trafficking within its borders and in the region
Hardt told the signing ceremony yesterday morning that the MOU further strengthens ties between the two countries and will help provide further training for custom and coast guard officials, the police and fire and ambulance services.
The aim is to end transnational trafficking within the region.
He said the United States has also embarked on special programs for the judicial system in Dominica and two vessels will be given to Dominica towards fighting crime in the country.
Meantime, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has pledged government’s cooperation in the fight against the illicit trade and harmful illegal drugs in the Caribbean waters.
He said that the illicit drug trade is not welcomed or condoned in Dominica.
Skerrit said the government of Dominica is willing to host a meeting of high level officials with a view to arriving at a program of action geared at making the waters difficult for drug trafficking.