Gov’t improves Shiprider Agreement with the U.S.

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The Governments of Jamaica and the United States of America (US) have now finalised improved operational protocols pertaining to the Shiprider Agreement, under which both countries cooperate to curtail illicit maritime drug trafficking.

This was disclosed by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith, who informed that both sides agreed on changes to the operational protocols necessary to improve the functioning of the Agreement and that these new procedures became effective as of June 16, 2021.

Senator Johnson Smith said the protocols also allow the Government of Jamaica to achieve its goals of strengthening the fight against illicit drug-related activities, while at the same time protecting the interests of Jamaican citizens who may be intercepted at sea, pursuant to the Agreement.