January 29, 2010

CARICOM trio to pledge US$1m

Published on: 1/29/2010. Nation newspaper, Barbados

GUYANA, SURINAME and Trinidad and Tobago have pledged the most money in the Caribbean to the Haiti relief effort.

Acting deputy executive director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, Liz Riley, said each of those countries' governments had pledged US$1 million.

Speaking to the WEEKEND NATION on Tuesday, she said the other countries that pledged money were: St Lucia, US$184 000; Grenada, US$100 000; St Vincent and the Grenadines, US$100 000; Virgin Islands, US$80 000, and Antigua and Barbuda, US$37 000.

Riley said there was no pledge made by the Barbados Government but there was a national relief effort ongoing.

In addition to the pledges, Riley said there were 224 relief workers from Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Grenada, The Bahamas, Dominica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and the Virgin Islands currently in Haiti.

She said it had been agreed that Jamaica was the transit point to get goods to Haiti, adding there was also a medical team in Haiti from Jamaica as well as the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit. (CA)

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