August 6, 2004

OAS custom officials to get anti-terrorism training

The United States government will contribute $945,000 to the Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE) to help fund training of customs and border officials, an aviation security training program, and assessments to enhance border management capacity according to a release from the OAS. {{more}}
CICTE coordinates anti-terrorism efforts and strategies among the member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS).
The U.S. donation will provide support for these programs. First, $420,000 will be allocated to enhance and supplement CICTE’s border management programs and migration processes through on-site technical missions. These will focus on comprehensive assessments aimed at enhancing priority border management capacities for the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Dominican Republic.
The OAS also says that $300,000 will be used to enhance and supplement CICTE’s aviation security programs through the execution of follow-on courses to the Basic Airport Security and Security Instructor training for CARICOM states and the Dominican Republic. Finally, $225,000 will be allotted for training and technical assistance to candidates from customs and border agencies to promote greater integrity, professionalism and ethical behavior in officials.
John Maisto, the U.S. Ambassador to the OAS, said the contribution “reflects the government of the United States’ active interest and strong support for counterterrorism efforts in the hemisphere, for furthering the CICTE enhancements to its work plan and for the global campaign against terrorism.”