CARICOM pledges to provide financial assistance to Haiti

The members of CARICOM have pledged to provide a financial donation to Haiti after the 7.2 earthquakes hit the island country and destroyed more than 53,000 infrastructures and livelihoods. During a special session of the Bureau of Heads of Caricom, the member states stated that this donation would assist in addressing the immediate needs of the nation.

Haiti: The members of CARICOM have pledged to provide a financial donation to Haiti after the 7.2 earthquakes hit the island country and destroyed more than 53,000 infrastructures and livelihoods. During a special session of the Bureau of Heads of Caricom, the member states stated that this donation would assist in addressing the immediate needs of the nation.

The meet was conducted to discuss the political and humanitarian situation in Haiti. The meeting was directed over by the Chair of Conference – Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda and was attended by the Prime Minister of Belize -John Briceño, Senator Dr Amery Browne from Trinidad and Tobago, the Prime Minister of Barbados – Mia Mottley, the Prime Minister of Jamaica – Andrew Holness, the Premier of Montserrat – Joseph Farrell, as well as the foreign ministers of Guyana and Suriname.

During his address in the meeting, the Prime Minister of Haiti – Ariel Henry, provided an update and stated that his government was dealing with three priorities simultaneously. While outlining the impacts of the earthquake and the passage of Tropical Storm Grace, pointed out that the needs would be more precise after the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) was completed in five weeks.

The Prime Minister also praised Caricom for its early moral and material support. The CARICOM members have also assured the island’s Prime Minister their assistance in controlling the crime and violence in Haiti.

In addition, Samantha Power of USAID – US Agency for International Development, announced that the organisation would be giving $32 million. While the United Nations has launched a $187.3 million dollars appeal to assist

Various other nations, international/national organisations are coming forward to assist the island country in such challenging times.

Despite this, the presidential elections on the island have also been postponed till the month of November after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise.