Sunday 15 December, 2019

OECS members pledge US$100,000 each as Caricom team visits The Bahamas

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley with a Caricom team headed to The Bahamas today.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley with a Caricom team headed to The Bahamas today.

Members of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have pledged to contribute US$100,000 each to aid with relief efforts in The Bahamas.

In a cabinet note, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said although it is acknowledged that the sum is small compared to the damage caused by the Hurricane Dorian, the gesture is intended to let the Bahamian people know that the people of the Eastern Caribbean feel their pain.

Browne met with the Director-General of the OECS Dr Didacus Jules along with the OECS Commissioners earlier this week.

Meanwhile, some Caribbean leaders flew to The Bahamas to assess the extent of damage from Hurricane Dorian.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, St Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet along with Caricom Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, joined representatives from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) on the trip.

“Very early this morning I left Barbados bound for The Bahamas as part of a CARICOM, CDEMA, CDB, and RSS delegation to get a better awareness of the situation there following the passage of Hurricane Dorian,” Mottley posted to social media.

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