Car­ib­bean gov’ts yet to ful­fil fi­nan­cial com­mit­ments to Haiti – CDEMA head

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

HEAD OF the Car­ib­bean Dis­as­ter Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (CDEMA) Ron­ald Jack­son has re­vealed that some two weeks af­ter Hur­ri­cane Matthew rav­aged Haiti, Car­ib­bean gov­ern­ments are yet to make good on their com­mit­ments to pro­vide fi­nan­cial re­sources for re­lief ef­forts in the for­mer French colony.

“We have not re­ceived any cash con­tri­bu­tions from any of our state part­ners as yet. We have re­ceived pledges from some of them. We an­tic­i­pate that some of them will come in soon,” he said in an in­ter­view with The Gleaner.

JA­MAICA’S CON­TRI­BU­TION

Speak­ing specif­i­cally to the con­tri­bu­tion of the Ja­maican Gov­ern­ment, Jack­son noted that while no money had been forth­com­ing from Ja­maica’s cof­fers, the coun­try has played an ex­cel­lent role in be­ing the hub for the re­gional re­lief ef­forts.

“Ja­maica has made avail­able hu­man re­sources in keep­ing with the ar­ti­cles of agree­ment, which they have signed to which con­sti­tutes CDEMA, but at the mo­ment, we haven’t seen any cash into the CEDEMA ac­counts that have been set up for Haiti and The Ba­hamas,” he said.

Jack­son, how­ever, gave spe­cial men­tion to the Turks and Caicos Gov­ern­ment and pointed out that they funded the de­ploy­ment of the CDEMA team to Ba­hamas, which was also af­fected by Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

In giv­ing an up­date on CDEMA’s work in Haiti, Jack­son said that the re­gional body has fo­cused mainly on co­or­di­na­tion of the re­lief ef­forts.

“We have tar­geted, in the first in­stance, close to 1,000 fam­i­lies ... . We have worked that out to some­where in the re­gion of US$300,000. So that is what our fo­cus is on at the mo­ment. De­pend­ing on what comes out of the larger CARICOM sup­port, we would be look­ing be­yond that to see if we could fa­cil­i­tate some kind of legacy in­ter­ven­tion,” he said.

AP

This child looks into the dis­tance from the rub­ble that was once hab­it­able.

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