UK Prime Minister Lauds Effort to Tackle Crime

Photo: Donald Delahaye Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the Rt. Hon. David Cameron, addresses a Joint Sitting of Parliament at Gordon House on Wednesday, September 30.

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  • Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK), the Rt. Hon. David Cameron, says he is impressed by the work of successive Jamaican Governments to tackle crime, corruption and international criminal links.
  • Addressing a Joint Sitting of Parliament at Gordon House on September 30, the Prime Minister also noted that Jamaica, the UK and the Caribbean face a common threat of corruption.
  • Mr. Cameron said that the UK will be hosting a major Summit to tackle this issue in London.

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK),  the Rt. Hon. David Cameron, says he is impressed by the work of successive Jamaican Governments to tackle crime, corruption and international criminal links.

“I’m determined to support you every step of the way. Britain has been working hand-in-hand with Jamaica on counter-narcotics. And we will continue to do so. The fight against drug traffickers and violent criminals is a relentless one.  It is a fight that the UK and Jamaica do well together, and of which we can both be proud,” he said.

Addressing a Joint Sitting of  Parliament at Gordon House on  September 30, the Prime Minister  also noted  that Jamaica, the UK and the Caribbean  face a common threat of corruption.

Mr. Cameron said that the UK will be hosting a major Summit to tackle this issue in London.

“If we’re to beat corruption, we need transparency. I’ve taken the lead by pledging much more transparency over property and company ownership in the UK, so that terrorists, the tax avoiders, the money launderers and the criminals have nowhere to hide their ill-gotten gains,” the Prime Minister emphasised.

He added that some of the British Crown Dependences and Overseas Territories have been making progress in this direction, “while others, frankly, are not moving anywhere near fast enough.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Cameron announced that Britain’s export credit agency, UK Export Finance, will be boosting its support for the Caribbean Region.

 

He explained that the increased support will help British exporters to sell to the Caribbean with confidence, and help local firms take advantage of new opportunities.

“That’s a good step in the right direction. But it’s only a first step. So, let us commit here today to work hard for even closer economic ties between our countries,” Mr. Cameron said.

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