By Aaron Humes: The Caribbean Community’s Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) and the Small Arms Survey, have formalized their existing cooperation with a memorandum of understanding signed on Wednesday.
The agreement supports efforts to improve the capacity of CARICOM States to prevent the illicit circulation of small arms and light weapons and enhance States’ implementation of commitments under international and regional arms control instruments, with a particular focus on advancing more evidence-based policy to reduce armed violence in the Region.
SAS Director Daniel de Torres focused on the provision of reliable data, with indicators tailored to the region, to support monitoring and evaluation, as well as exploring opportunities for developing sustainable and effective interventions.
Acting CARICOM IMPACS Executive Director, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Jones, stated that “it is essential that we do all we can to stop gun trafficking that fuels violence by criminal organizations and negatively impacts the Region’s sustainable development. This partnership reflects our ongoing commitment to working together to reduce illicit firearms violence throughout the CARICOM States. Through enhanced evidence-based research, we will be better able to implement relevant policy to disrupt firearms trafficking while strengthening efforts to combat criminality.”