I am pleased to announce that the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the 28 of July, 2014 to promote and facilitate cooperation and collaboration aimed at advancing regional security.

We expect that the MoU will enable the promotion and facilitation of human resources capacity development within the area of security; and support the security needs of Caribbean Member States through the adoption of a flexible, collaborative relationship between both of our organizations.

The MoU also establishes mechanisms for enhanced coordination between the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security of the OAS and CARICOM IMPACS, as well as for the development and execution of joint programs and projects.

Beyond the objectives outlined in the MoU, the signing of this agreement illustrates an important recognition made by two multilateral organizations. Specifically, it is recognition of the need to enhance cooperation and coordination if we are to effectively support our member states’ efforts to defeat the crime and violence that threaten the security and prosperity of the region.

I look forward to partnering with CARICOM in our future endeavors and explore further opportunities for collaboration.

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