Prime Minister Andrew Holness is assuring Jamaicans living abroad that the Government is taking national security seriously, with significant investments made over the last two years to strengthen the country’s security architecture.
He noted that this year alone, the Government is spending close to $20 billion, which is “the highest that has ever been spent on national security in Jamaica”.
The prime minister, who was addressing the opening ceremony for the eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on the weekend, said that security is being prioritised in order to ensure that the country can effectively respond to the challenges of the modern world.
“We… have to be able to secure ourselves, not just from the conventional threats, but from the new and emerging threats — for example — in the cyber domain,” he said.
The prime minister said that the country also has to be able to protect its borders, especially in light of trans-border illicit activities such as trade in guns, drugs, human trafficking, and others.
These activities, he pointed out, foster the growth of criminal gangs.
The prime minister noted that the Government has put in place ‘Plan Secure Jamaica’, which he noted “is working very well”.