Canada will invest $3.2 million in the Caribbean Firearms Roadmap to address firearms trafficking and proliferation across the region.
The announcement came from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office on Wednesday.
That’s when a two-day summit of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders and Canada began.
In October 2020, 15 CARICOM States and the Dominican Republic met to adopt the Caribbean Firearms Roadmap.
The initiative aims to create a safer region by addressing the proliferation of illegal guns and ammunition.
Measures would include reinforcing regulatory frameworks and bolstering law enforcement.
In addition to the contribution towards keeping the Caribbean safe by the financial contribution to the Caribbean Firearms Roadmap, Prime Minister Trudeau’s office also announced security support for Haiti.
According to a release, Canada will launch a multi-year training programme for the Haitian National Police (HNP).
The programme will help tackle gangs, strengthen anti-corruption mechanisms, and support the protection of Haitians afflicted by gang violence.
Canada will also allocate $3.4 million of previously approved funds to address firearms violence in Haiti and support the HNP armoury and armorers.
The theme of the Canada-CARICOM Summit in Ottawa is: ‘Strategic Partners for a Resilient Future.’
Leaders will advance shared work on fighting climate change, growing strong economies for the middle class, and strengthening regional security.
Trudeau’s office said that he will advance work during the Summit to fight climate change and grow resilient economies.
“This includes a planned new commitment of up to $58.5 million in partnership with the Caribbean Development Bank to support renewable energy projects and $6 million through the Caribbean Climate Smart Fund for resilient renewable energy systems,” the office disclosed.
Canada also intends to deepen coordination between the Canadian Armed Forces and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency to deliver humanitarian assistance and disaster relief rapidly.