The Joint Marine Unit will get a boost in funding from the United Kingdom Government to fill gaps in resources and to facilitate any research done by the unit.
Minister of State for the Commonwealth & the United Nations Baroness Anealay made this announcement last afternoon (4 October) after she visited the unit’s Newlands headquarters.
The Minister, who is in charge of all British Overseas territories, called the Cayman Islands a “Leading Edge” above all other overseas territories and said the responsibility the Joint Marine Unit has to ensure safety of Cayman’s seas, money from the UK’s purse is necessary.
“I am very proud of the fact that the UK is supporting that work by using some of our conflict, security and stability fund to be able to assist in research that we carried out to find ways in which the service can act in an even more effective and efficient manner,” the Minister said.
Her Excellency Helen Kilpatrick and Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin was present at the meeting. Earlier in the day the Baroness spoke at the opening of the Legislative Assembly.
Premier McLaughlin said he appreciated the Minister’s support for speaking at the LA and thanked her for showing approval of the new Disabilities Bill he proposed to the house.