The governments of Jamaica and the United Kingdom signed a US$18.6 million cooperative agreement to combat violence in the Caribbean country, official Jamaican sources said this Saturday.
The agreement was signed on Friday night by Jamaican Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson and her British counterpart James Cleverley after the 11th UK-Caribbean Forum and before leaving for Colombia as part of their tour of four countries in Latin America and the Caribbean Were. ,
Thanking the UK government and people, Johnson said the initiative will be funded by the European country for six years.
“This alliance will enhance our commitment to reducing and preventing violence, as we join with a variety of investors in our efforts to tackle high levels of crime,” Johnson explained.
Cleverly, for his part, said the coalition to stop the violence in Jamaica is another demonstration of the United Kingdom’s support for its aspirations for the Caribbean country’s goals and “Vision 2023” plan.
“Our focus will be on addressing public health against the current, confronting the instigators of violent behavior and focusing primarily on prevention,” he explained.
This million-dollar aid is in addition to another aid that the United Kingdom government granted to Jamaica in 2022, directly targeted at agricultural development projects, particularly in the southern region of the island, as well as tourism Jamaica and the mining and logistics sector to explore investment opportunities.