Minister of National Security the Honourable Stuart R. Young M.P. (right) and Ambassador of the United States of America to Trinidad and Tobago His Excellency Joseph N. Mondello (left) greet each other at a meeting at the Ministry of National Security on Wednesday July 15, 2020.

Trinidad and Tobago has received an increase in funding from the United States government for international narcotics control and law enforcement.
In a press release issued this afternoon, the Ministry of National Security said that Cabinet agreed to the offer in the amount of U.S. $700,000.00.
The following is a press release from the Ministry of National Security:

Following an offer by the Embassy of the United States of America in Trinidad and Tobago to provide this country with an increase in International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement funding, Cabinet has agreed to the offer in the amount of U.S. Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars (US$700,000.00).

This increase in funding is indicative of the continued working relationship in the fight against criminality between the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, via the Ministry of National Security and the United States Government.

This particular initiative is a continuation of the established framework governing the implementation of security assistance programmes under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), which is a partnership between the United States of America, Member States of CARICOM and the Dominican Republic to advance citizen security in the region.

Through the CBSI, the United States of America and other CBSI States have agreed to undertake cooperative efforts to reduce illicit trafficking, advance public safety and security, and further promote social justice. Assistance is provided in the following areas: Strengthening Counter-narcotic Control Capabilities; Money Laundering/Financial Crimes; Drug Demand Reduction; Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption; Law Enforcement Professionalization and Support Programme. Additionally, the United States has donated two full body security scanners to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago as we continue to strengthen our security efforts at the Piarco International Airport.

The Minister of National Security the Honourable Stuart R. Young M.P. took the opportunity on July 15, 2020 to express his gratitude to the Embassy of the United States of America team for their continued support in collaborative national security initiatives and reiterates his commitment to working together with the United States of America to ensure the safety and security of Trinidad and Tobago and the wider
region
.