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Transnational organised crime continues to stifle economic growth regionally – Holness

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2016 | 12:25 PM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right) is greeted by Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Antony Anderson on his arrival at the closing ceremony of Exercise Tradewinds.

 Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says transnational organised crime continues to stifle the economic growth and prosperity of the region.

Speaking at Up Park Camp this morning Holness asserted that such crimes corrupt the fabric of society.

He added that transnational crime cannot be tackled by just one country as such crimes do not respect borders.


Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Holness was speaking at the closing ceremony of phase two of Exercise Tradewinds 2016.

It is a multinational military event that involved the participation of over 1,000 military personnel in capacity-building, aimed at combatting transnational organised crime.

The Prime Minister said the exercise was an excellent example of regional cooperation.

His views were shared by Major General Antony Anderson who heads the Jamaica Defence Force and Lieutenant General Joseph DiSalvo.

DiSalvo is the military deputy commander of the United States Southern Command, which sponsored the exercise.

Both military officials hailed the Jamaican leg a success.