Saint Lu­cia Gov­ern­ment Del­e­ga­tion in Do­minica

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

A del­e­ga­tion from the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia, led by Hon­ourable Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet, is cur­rently in Do­minica meet­ing with Hon­ourable Prime Min­is­ter Roo­sevelt Sk­er­rit to as­sess the sit­u­a­tion and dis­cuss fur­ther ways Saint Lu­cia can as­sist Do­minica with re­lief ef­forts, in the short and long term.

The is­land of Do­minica, sis­ter isle of Saint Lu­cia, was dev­as­tated fol­low­ing the pas­sage of Hurricane Maria on Septem­ber 18, 2017.

Since the pas­sage of the hurricane, Saint Lu­cia has been uti­lized as a base for hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief to Do­minica and as­sisted with the evac­u­a­tion of hun­dreds of stu­dents stranded on the is­land. Saint Lu­cia has sent tons of re­lief aid in con­junc­tion with the lo­cal pri­vate sec­tor and lo­cal po­lice and fire of­fi­cers were also dis­patched to Do­minica to as­sist with res­cue as well as se­cu­rity ef­forts. Saint Lu­cia re­cently re­leased six Bai­ley (por­ta­ble or pre­fab­ri­cated) bridges to Do­minica in an ef­fort to as­sist.

At a press con­fer­ence on Thurs­day, the Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for Finance, Eco­nomic Growth, Job Cre­ation, Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs and the Pub­lic Ser­vice, also an­nounced that Saint Lu­cia is ready­ing to ac­com­mo­date stu­dents from Do­minica, as well as vul­ner­a­ble per­sons who may not have access to proper health­care fa­cil­i­ties, such as ex­pec­tant moth­ers.

Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet says that fol­low­ing the visit, Saint Lu­cia will map a longterm as­sis­tance pro­gramme to Do­minica.

The Prime Min­is­ter is ac­com­pa­nied by Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, In­no­va­tion, Gen­der Re­la­tions and Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, Hon­ourable Dr. Gale T. C. Rigob­ert, and Min­is­ter for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Hous­ing, Ur­ban Re­newal, Transport and Civil Avi­a­tion, Hon­ourable Guy Joseph.

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