(News Release, Office of The Prime Miniser, Jamaica, Feb. 6.) – Caricom has given a commitment to finance the Jamaica Defence Force,JDF relief base in Haiti for another month so that humanitarian assistance from the region can continue in the earthquake ravaged capital of Port au Prince.
The additional funding until March 5 will come from the government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
This assurance came during a meeting at Jamaica House yesterday (Feb 5) chaired by Acting Prime Minister, Pearnel Charles, and attended by the General Secretary of Caricom, Edwin Carrington, local disaster relief officials and the Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Jeremy Collymore. CDEMA is an agency of Caricom.
Today, a delegation from Caricom will travel to Haiti for a scheduled meeting with President Rene Preval to discuss Caricom’s contribution to that country’s recovery, including a proposed Caricom primary health intervention programme.
Two days after the devastating earthquake of January 12, Jamaica established a military base facilitating Caricom and Jamaican troops and health workers. The government received J$10 million reimbursement from Caricom earlier in the week with the assurance that an additional J$30 million is on the way.
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