Climate Change Vulnerability: OECD head meets with Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Hon. Allen Chastanet and OECD Secretary General, His Excellency Angel Gurria

St. Lucia News Online – With climate change reality confronting the Caribbean, OECS Chairman and Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Hon. Allen Chastanet has met with the Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Secretary General H.E Angel Gurria to examine ways in which to bolster Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the region.

The meeting comes in the wake of three disastrous hurricanes, two of which decimated Dominica, the British Virgin Islands, Barbuda and Puerto Rico.

Speaking from OECD Headquarters in Paris, Prime Minister Chastanet said unprecedented events suggested that a new era of climate reality was upon the Caribbean and that an enhanced international development assistance framework was urgently needed to combat what was likely to be severe growing threats to the region.

“As one Caribbean family spread across Small Island Developing States (SIDS), we don’t lack resilience but we do lack disaster management resources and the meetings I have had with Secretary General Gurria has proven fruitful in fortifying OECD assistance” said Prime Minister Chastanet. (more…)

Hurricane response: Excellent work by CDEMA, other CARICOM institutions, international partners

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) teams and disaster response mechanisms were mobilised and activated in response to the hurricanes that swept through the Region recently.

A letter issued by the Secretariat to the Stabroek News in response to an editorial published on 25 September, 2017, detailed the “the excellent work” carried out by CARICOM institution, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency CDEMA, other regional institutions and the international partners “in the face of dangerous and difficult conditions as they confront an unprecedented multi-country catastrophe.”

The letter pointed to the Community’s action before and after the storms hit.

“The Caribbean Community through its various agencies, led by CDEMA, has been the first responders on the ground assessing, rendering relief, evacuating the ill and infirm and performing the tasks associated with post Hurricane efforts,” the letter pointed out.

Please read Response to the Stabroek News editorial of 25 September 2017 entitled ‘Hurricane Relief’

CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell (2nd right) and his high-level delegation to hurricane-ravaged Dominica, met with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit (3rd right) on 26 september. Other members of the delegation were (from right) CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, President of the CDB Dr Warren Smith, Barbados Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, Executive Director CDEMA Ronald Jackson
CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell (2nd right) and his high-level delegation to hurricane-ravaged Dominica, met with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit (3rd right) on 26 september. Other members of the delegation were (from right) CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, President of the CDB Dr Warren Smith, Barbados Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, Executive Director CDEMA Ronald Jackson

 

 

Chile’s President to visit Barbados, Saint Lucia this week

President of Chile,  Michelle Bachelet (Photo via www.prensa.presidencia.cl)
President of Chile,
Michelle BacheletPresident

President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, will pay an official visit to Barbados on Thursday, August 24, the Barbados Government Information Service announced.

During her brief stay, President Bachelet will meet with Acting Governor-General, Sir Philip Greaves, in a courtesy call at Government House.

Later that day, she will join Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and several senior Government officials at Ilaro Court for a working meeting. (more…)

CARICOM Prime Ministers address ‘The Caribbean Dilemma’

Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon Keith Mitchell (second right) and Prime Minister of Saint  Lucia, the Hon Allen Chastanet (right)
Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon Keith Mitchell (second right) and Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Hon Allen Chastanet (right) during the discussion on Thursday

Two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Prime Ministers – Dr. the Right Hon. Keith Mitchell of Grenada and the Hon. Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia – are currently in the USA, participating in a discourse titled ‘The Caribbean Dilemma’. The discussion is organised by the Miami Herald and presented by the World Bank.

The Conference brings together executives and top government leaders from around the Caribbean to discuss how to cushion Caribbean Basin economies from volatility in economic growth, the Miami Herald said.

The media house said that the forum also bring together panels of economists and business and financial leaders to discuss strategies for long-term growth, how small economies could “become more nimble in meeting external challenges, and efforts to strengthen fiscal and financial policies so Eastern Caribbean States aren’t so vulnerable to swings in trade, foreign investment and interest rates.”

Please follow discussion here.