CARICOM to assist Barbuda
CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada, lead a CARICOM delegation to Barbuda earlier today as part of CARICOM’s post-Irma recovery efforts. The Chairman was accompanied by CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin Larocque, June Soomer Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States and Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
Prime Minister of Grenada Dr. Keith Mitchell after visiting Barbuda said that the delegation felt devastated by what they saw in Barbuda, he said that there is a need for a united effort and CARICOM will support the Government of Antigua & Barbuda in their attempt to rebuild Barbuda.
Prime Minister Mitchell said that he would like to send a message to the regional and international community, that all aid is needed for the reconstruction efforts to have Barbuda and other hurricane Irma stricken islands Rebuilt. He stressed that monetary support, psychological support and building materials are greatly needed for the rebuilding process.
“The plan is to organize a regional & international aid conference where we can get significant pledges to really assist with the reconstruction of Barbuda.” Mitchell said.
“We know that every Caribbean Country have their own financial needs and they are limited as to what they are able to do for the hurricane stricken islands which is why we have agreed to use our international contacts to mobilize & leverage support for Antigua & Barbuda.”
Prime Minister Mitchell said that the services of the Grenadian Disaster Committee is already on ground in the BVI and some of them will be here in Antigua & Barbuda and a number of persons from the electricity services in Grenada will be mobilized to go to Barbuda to assist with the reconstruction of the island.
Prime Minister Mitchell said there has not been an outpouring of international support thus far but he is confident that there will be in the upcoming weeks and months especially from the United Nations, he said he would like to see support coming in from the United States as they assisted Grenada when they were struck by hurricane Ivan.