Canada contributes to improving security in Central America
June 16, 2017 - Miami, Florida - Global Affairs Canada
Canada is committed to improving the lives of people in Central America by working closely with our regional partners to achieve a more stable and secure hemisphere.
Following her participation at the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that the Government of Canada is contributing more than $7.3 million to help enhance regional stability and address security challenges in Central America, particularly in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
This announcement is aligned with the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle that regional partners agreed to support at the conference. The plan will focus on economic, security and prosperity challenges in the Northern Triangle and promote regional integration in Central America.
“Governments in the Americas acknowledge that they must bridge their efforts across borders to enhance stability and security in Central America. Canada’s financial contribution is an indication of our commitment to improve security in the region. We will continue to work closely with the countries of the Northern Triangle to strengthen security and foster greater economic and social opportunities for the people of Central America.”
- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America brings together a diverse group of government and business leaders from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and other countries to address the economic, security and governance challenges and opportunities in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, also known as the Northern Triangle.
On August 26, 2016, the Government of Canada announced the launch of Global Affairs Canada’s new Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOPs) initiative. For the 2016 to 2019 period, the program has a budget of $450 million. Through PSOPs, Canada is working with allies and partners to stop violent conflicts, provide security and create space for dialogue and conflict resolution.
In 2016-2017, the Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP) dedicated $13.9 million to projects in the Americas that tackled illicit drugs, corruption, human trafficking, migrant smuggling, crime prevention (including cyber security issues), security sector reform and proceeds of crime (including money laundering). The vast majority of this programming targeted Central America and the Caribbean.
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