Wescot-Williams welcomes assistance agreement between Caricom and Haiti

POSTED: 02/20/12 12:43 PM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and Haiti. The agreement stipulates areas in which Caricom can assist Haiti.

“I welcome the agreement! Haiti is a Caribbean country that has been suffering many challenges of late. There was the devastating earthquake two years ago followed by impacts from tropical weather systems and the cholera outbreak. The Caribbean community of nations has a role to play in assisting their fellow Caribbean brothers and sisters, and Haiti is no different.  The assistance to be provided without a doubt will make an impact on the lives of our fellow brothers and sisters in Haiti,” Wescot-Williams said on Sunday.

The agreement covers capacity building in government agencies for investment, technical assistance in education, agriculture, public health, transportation, tourism, and youth exchange initiatives. An on-going assistance program to Haiti is a consignment of three containers of anti-cholera drugs provided by Caricom, which was delivered to the Haiti Ministry of Health early last week.

The MOU was signed after a two-day mission to the country by the Bureau of Heads of Government of Caricom led by President of Suriname and Caricom’s current Chairman Desi Bouterse, Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis Dr. Denzil Douglas, Deputy Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Phillip Pierre CARICOM Secretary General LaRocque, and special representative of the Heads of Government on Haiti P.J. Patterson.

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