U.S. Ambassador Karen L. Williams and Suriname’s Director of National Security Danielle Veira signed a handover agreement today providing computer equipment to the Government of Suriname to implement the Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS).
APIS is an automated system that enhances border security on the sea and in the sky. It supplies law enforcement officers with data on passengers and crewmembers prior to arrival and departure from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states, United Kingdom, United States, and Canada.
APIS equipment was purchased for Suriname through the United States’ Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. The U.S. Department of State also funded a team from CARICOM, facilitated by U.S. Embassy Paramaribo, to install the equipment and provide training to local officials.
“The United States works with our Caribbean partners every day to strengthen our mutual security and advance the safety of all our citizens”, said Ambassador Williams. “U.S. Embassy Paramaribo is proud of our cooperation and collaboration with the Government of Suriname in the establishment of this system. Suriname’s participation in APIS deepens bilateral and regional security cooperation and helps keep people safe.”