Home Office signs agreement with Panama on tackling organised crime

The Home Office has signed an agreement with Panama to work more closely to combat the threat posed by serious and organised crime.

Security Minister Ben Wallace met with Jonattan Del Rosario, Deputy Minister for Public Security in Panama, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will ensure closer cooperation in this area.

The UK and Panama will work together on serious and organised crime, sharing information and best practice on issues such as intelligence collection, development and analysis, money laundering, port security and criminal justice.

Security Minister Ben Wallace said: “I am delighted that we have laid the foundations for a strong partnership with such an important country in the region. There are strong benefits for both countries in working together and I believe this MOU will aid our joint fight against drug smugglers, money launderers and serious criminals.

“Serious and organised crime costs the UK £24 billion a year and the UK has committed to taking a leading role to tackle it.

“It was a great opportunity to meet with Deputy Minister Jonattan Del Rosario, and to explore future opportunities for both our countries.”

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