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Robert Montague

Minister of National Security Robert Montague says there needs to be increased cooperation between Jamaica and the United States in order to improve the maritime and port security environment.

Speaking at a Port Security Seminar held at the Colin Powell Plaza on Constant Spring Road, on June 1, the minister said this is necessary to improve economic growth and exploit the enormous possibilities which exist for expanding maritime trade.

Montague said Jamaica is cognisant of its vulnerability to various threats that originate from the international environment and that the countermeasures which are relevant will require the strengthening of efforts between the relevant maritime and port entities of both countries.

"The Ministry of National Security has directly taken the lead on several initiatives to promote port and maritime security, thereby ensuring adequate presence and requisite deployment of maritime law-enforcement bodies that fall under the remit of the ministry," he noted.