CARICOM and major international private sector company discuss hurricane recovery

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CARICOM Chairman Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell (centre) and Virgin’s founder Sir Richard Branson (right) at the discussion forum on post hurricane recovery and reconstruction in Washington, Friday

CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and Founder of of the UK-headquartered Virgin Group of Companies Sir Richard Branson on Friday hosted a Discussion Forum on post hurricane recovery and reconstruction.  The event took place on the margins of this week’s annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington.

Several CARICOM Member States and Associate Members, including Dominica, Antigua/Barbuda, The Bahamas, Anguilla, BVI and Turks and Caicos Islands suffered from the destructive passage of Category Five Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September.  CARICOM has been at the forefront of the post hurricane recovery effort, including helping to coordinate a high-level Donor Conference.   Sir Richard, who has a home on Necker Island in the BVI, has been advocating a ‘Marshall Plan’ type recovery package for the devastated islands.

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Prime Ministers Gaston Browne of Antigua-Barbuda (2nd left) and Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia (3rd right) along with Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (right) among high level participants at the discussions with Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson



Chairman pushes Region’s message at Washington meetings


CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada (at podium); Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Mr. Allen Chastanet (left) and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on the margins of  the annual meetings of the World Bank and IMF in Washington on Friday.

CARICOM Chairman leads delegation to hurricane ravaged Dominica


CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell (2nd right) led a regional delegation to hurricane-ravaged Dominica on Tuesday, and met with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit (right).

The Chairman’s delegation included (from right) CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) Dr. Warren Smith, Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS) Captain Errington Shurland, and Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Ronald Jackson.

The Chairman assured Dominicans of the Caribbean Community’s full support in its recovery effort following the devastation caused by Category 5 Hurricane Maria

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CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has assured hurricane-ravaged Dominica of continued support from the CARICOM Family.
Prime Minister Mitchell, along with CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Executive Director of CDEMA Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the RSS Captain Errington Shurland, President of the CDB Dr Warren Smith and Barbados Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite toured Dominica, Tuesday.