Remarks by US Charge d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson
I’m happy to be here today as the United States and The Bahamas to join together again to further strengthen our efforts to address transnational security challenges.
We will be signing an amendment to the Letter of Agreement signed September 24, 2010 by our two governments, which supports our shared interest in preventing illicit trafficking and increasing citizen security in The Bahamas.
This agreement provides $2.745 million for programs to enhance the capabilities of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) and Operation Bahamas, Turks & Caicos (OPBAT); support drug demand reduction; assist the Bahamas Department of Corrections; and increase The Bahamas’ capability to investigate and prosecute crimes.
This assistance is being provided to The Bahamas under the U.S. government’s Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), which seeks to reduce illicit trafficking, increase public safety and security, and promote social justice.
This is the largest single contribution to date under the 2010 Letter of Agreement, which now totals over $10 million. We look forward to continuing to strengthen our collaboration with The Bahamas to counter illicit trafficking and help make the region safer and more secure for all our citizens.