Leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have pledged their support to the Territory’s relief and recovery efforts as they paid a courtesy visit to Tuesday, September 12, to the Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
The delegation was comprised of Chairman of CARICOM and Prime Minister of Grenada, the Right Honourable Dr. Keith Mitchell, Secretary General of CARICOM, His Excellency, Irwin LaRocque, Resident United Nations Development Programme, Coordinator for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Mr. Stephen O’Malley, Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Ronald Jackson and Executive Director of the Regional Security System, Captain Errington Ricardo Shurland.
Among other topics, the leaders discussed the importance of timing and unifying to help with the response and rebuilding efforts. In his response, Premier Smith provided an update on the assessments of the damage on the various islands, and noted that the Government of the Virgin Islands has already set up its shelter management system and was preparing to activate its food distribution network system to the affected communities.
On Wednesday, September 6, the British Virgin Islands was affected by the passage of Irma, a Category 5 Hurricane. The Government of the Virgin Islands immediately mobilised its Response and Recovery Team to provide relief and much needed supplies to affected communities, as well as engage with the banking and insurance sectors as the Territory begins its rebuilding process.