EU Re­leases EC$24M to Do­minica for Post-Hur­ri­cane Maria Re­con­struc­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Euro­pean Union is re­leas­ing to Do­minica EC$24 mil­lion (7.7M eu­ros), the first tranche of a to­tal of EC$34 mil­lion (11M eu­ros), as part of its con­tri­bu­tion to the re­con­struc­tion of the coun­try fol­low­ing the dev­as­ta­tion caused by Hur­ri­cane Maria last year.

With this grant the EU will sup­port the con­struc­tion of two emer­gency shel­ters in the Cas­tle Bruce and Jim­mit areas and the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of 1,000 houses in var­i­ous af­fected com­mu­ni­ties. The re­con­struc­tion will be car­ried out ex­clu­sively ac­cord­ing to the Build­ing Back Bet­ter ap­proach and to the high­est re­silience stan­dards.

In ad­di­tion, the grant will also sup­port the gov­ern­ment in its re­vi­sion of sec­tor poli­cies to in­clude cli­mate change adap­ta­tion prac­tices and to re­duce dis­as­ter risks while fac­ing ex­treme weather events, in line with Do­minica’s new Na­tional Re­silient De­vel­op­ment Strat­egy.

Prime Min­is­ter Roo­sevelt Sk­er­rit said: “This con­tri­bu­tion from the Euro­pean Union will as­sist us with the on­go­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of com­mu­ni­ties through­out Do­minica as we seek to re­con­struct in a cli­mate re­silient way. It will also en­sure that the more vul­ner­a­ble of the pop­u­la­tion are catered to as the process of re­build­ing their lives is painstak­ingly un­der­taken from day to day.”

This is the se­cond post­dis­as­ter re­con­struc­tion grant Do­minica will re­ceive from the EU in three years, in ad­di­tion to ECHO Hu­man­i­tar­ian aid, fol­low­ing the EC$28 mil­lion (8.9M eu­ros) pro­vided for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the wa­ter and en­ergy in­fra­struc­ture after Trop­i­cal Storm Erika in 2015.

This fund­ing comes in ad­di­tion to the bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Euro­pean Union and the Com­mon­wealth of Do­minica, which sup­ports two key sec­tors of the Do­minica econ­omy, namely agri­cul­ture and re­new­able en­ergy. Un­der re­new­able en­ergy the coun­try has been al­lo­cated EC$8.3 mil­lion, while the agri­cul­ture sec­tor has been ben­e­fit­ing from the EC$48 mil­lion (15.27M euro) Ba­nana Ac­com­pa­ny­ing Mea­sures pro­gramme.

“Do­minica has been un­der hard trial dur­ing the last few years, but it is en­cour­ag­ing to see the mo­bil­i­sa­tion and the com­mit­ment of all Do­mini­cans to re­build the coun­try as a truly re­silient na­tion. As a Euro­pean cit­i­zen I am proud that we stand to­gether with the Do­mini­can peo­ple and other mem­bers of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity in this im­por­tant en­deav­our”, said Am­bas­sador Daniela Tra­macere.

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