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Government adds $500,000 to International security fund Contribution part of overall transportation

The Hon. Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, together with the Hon. Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, announced June 23 that the Government of Canada is contributing $500,000 to the International Maritime Organization's International Maritime Security Trust Fund.


June 29, 2006
By Jennifer Brown


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Canada’s contribution is the largest
contribution ever made to the fund by a single member state.

"Our
marine security program meets or exceeds international standards and
ranks among the best in the world," said Minister Cannon. "This
contribution of funds to international counter-terrorism efforts builds
on our excellent relationship with the International Maritime
Organization, and we look forward to working in collaboration with our
international partners to further enhance marine security."

The
International Maritime Security Trust Fund helps developing states meet
international maritime security standards set by the International
Maritime Organization, an agency of the United Nations. Canada’s
contribution to this fund will assist contracting states in
implementing the requirements mandated under the International Ship and
Port Facility Security (ISPS) code.

Transport Canada formally announced
the contribution to the International Maritime Organization during the
96th session of the organization’s council, which met in London, U.K.
June 19 to 23, 2006. "Canada plays a leadership role in maritime
security worldwide," said Minister MacKay. "This contribution to the
International Maritime Security Trust Fund demonstrates the Government
of Canada’s commitment to fighting terrorism and strengthening security
around the world."

Contributing to the International Maritime Security
Trust Fund is one of many steps that the Government of Canada is taking
to enhance security. Budget 2006 recently announced $1.4 billion to
enhance national security, including more than $250 million to continue
to improve transportation security in Canada.


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