Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced an important new initiative that will bolster Canada’s efforts to address security challenges in Central America.
“For years Canada has been working with like-minded countries to make the Americas a safer place, providing necessary equipment and training, and technical and legal assistance to those fighting on the front lines against drugs, transnational organized crime and terrorism,” said Prime Minister Harper. “The new Canadian Initiative for Security in Central America sends a clear message that Canada is a strong and committed long-term ally in the war against crime in the Americas.”
Managed by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the Canadian Initiative for Security in Central America (CISCA) will focus on: police training; border security; enhancing regional dialogue; strengthening justice and security institutions; promoting human rights; supporting conflict resolution and reconciliation processes; and preventing and intervening in cases of violence against vulnerable groups, such as women and youth. Projects funded by CISCA will be implemented through Canada's Anti-Crime Capacity-Building Program (ACCBP) and the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START).
Today’s announcement builds on nearly $2 billion in investments (2008-2011) to improve security, promote sustainable economic growth and strengthen institutions related to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in the Americas.