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Guyana/Brazil sign agreements to cooperate on areas of criminal and civil matters

Minister of Home Affairs, Robeson Benn during the signing of the agreement [Photo: Foreign Affairs Ministry]

Guyana and Brazil, at the recently concluded Inaugural Ministerial Meeting against Transnational Organised Crime in South America, held in Brazil, signed two agreements to cooperate and bolster agreement in criminal and civil matters.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, in a press statement, said the “agreements were inked to increase cooperation to combat transnational organised crime; and to fight and enforce additional preventative measures against illegal narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, terrorism, trafficking in persons, smuggling of wildlife, gold and minerals, trafficking of firearms, ammunition, explosives and their parts, money laundering, forgery, and cybercrimes.”

“Additionally, the agreements will also facilitate the exchange of information on public security, prevention, and the fight against organised crime. The information-sharing objectives of the agreement will also include the exchange of knowledge, expertise, information, technology, research, and scientific development in both countries,” the statement added.

During a state visit to Guyana back in May, these agreements were fostered and agreed upon by the Guyanese and Brazilian Heads of State.

With these two agreements now being signed, the security sector between the two South American neighbours will be strengthened.

It will also promote building capacities among police officers and foster alliances to allow the two countries to promote the exchange of specialised equipment and technology while developing the exchange of information in accordance with national and international legislation.

The agreements will also act on and offer technical and scientific support in order to render specific actions for investigations.


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