PMs Mitchell, Chastanet for World Bank conference on Caribbean’s socio-economic situation

 

PM Allen Chastanet
PM Allen Chastanet
The Action Plan was piloted by the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon Keith Mitchell, who has lead responsibility for Science and Technology in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet
PM Keith Mitchell

MIAMI, United States (CMC) — Two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders are expected to participate in a World Bank conference examining the socio-economic situation in the Caribbean.The March 30 conference, titled ‘The Caribbean Dilemma’ is part of the Americas Conference Series being put on in collaboration with the Miami Herald.

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada and St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet are among Caribbean delegates that will participate in the conference.

Chairman of the Economic Growth Council in Jamaica, Michael Lee-Chin, the Governor of the Central Bank of Jamaica, Brian Wynter and the Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Timothy Antoine are also schedule to participate in the one-day event.

Read more at: Jamaica Observer

Sir Derek Walcott to receive state funeral

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Sir Derek Alton Walcott, KCSL OBE OCC, who died at home in Saint Lucia on Friday, March 17, is to receive a state funeral.

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the decision on Monday, in light of the contribution by Sir Derek Walcott to Saint Lucia.

This highest national honor, normally reserved for heads of state and government, has been conferred on Sir Derek out of respect for his exceptional contribution to the literary and artistic legacy of Saint Lucia, the Caribbean and the world.

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UPDATE: Four confirmed dead in quarry explosion in Saint Lucia

PRESS RELEASE – Tuesday’s massive explosion in Cul-de-Sac triggered the full mass casualty response from the Victoria Hospital as the casualties came steaming into the Accident and Emergency Department.

A total of 15 patients presented at the hospital suffering from various injuries with some requiring immediate surgical procedures.


One patient succumbed to his injuries while others were stabilised.

Additional nurses, doctors, ancillary and admin staff responded quickly to manage the injured as well as the friends and family members who arrived on the scene.

Read more at: St. Lucia News Online

Saint Lucia PM calls for prayers after fatal explosion

Scene of the explosion (Photo via St Lucia News Online)
Scene of the explosion (Photo via St Lucia News Online)

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet has called for prayers and support for the families of those affected by an explosion which occurred in the Cul de Sac area on Tuesday evening (March 21st).

Early reports indicate that there has been loss of life and significant injuries to several persons.


Speaking from the Victoria Hospital where several of the injured were taken following the incident Prime Minister Chastanet said: “Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones and those who are still waiting to find out information about their family members. You are all in our prayers in this difficult time. We must all support each other at this time and pray for our fellow Saint Lucians.

Read more at: St Lucia News Online

CDB announces US$40M in funding for poverty reduction in eight countries

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados –  The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced US$40M in funding for poverty reduction in eight countries in the Caribbean Region, through the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF). 

The resources will support improved access to quality education; water and sanitation; basic community access and drainage; livelihoods enhancement and human resource development services in low-income and vulnerable communities under the ninth phase of BNTF (BNTF 9). Countries that will benefit are: Belize; the Commonwealth of Dominica; Grenada; the Cooperative Republic of Guyana; Jamaica; Saint Lucia; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and Suriname.  

“The participating countries share many common characteristics and face a number of challenges inherent to small, open economies. BNTF 9 will respond to the development needs of these countries, which face challenges associated with limited diversity in production and extreme vulnerability to natural hazards, which is  now exacerbated by climate change and other external shocks,” said Daniel Best, Director of Projects, CDB.

Caribbean Development Bank
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is a regional financial institution which was established by an Agreement signed on October 18, 1969, in Kingston, Jamaica, and entered into force on January 26, 1970. The Bank came into existence for the purpose of contributing to the harmonious economic growth and development of the member countries in the Caribbean and promoting economic cooperation and integration among them, having special and urgent regard to the needs of the less developed members of the region (Article 1 of the Agreement establishing CDB). In the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, the CDB is recognised as and Associate Institution of CARICOM

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