KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday October 21, 2016 – Caribbean governments have not yet pulled their pockets to assist Haiti.
According to head of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Ronald Jackson, not one regional government has made good on the promise to provide financial assistance to Haiti.
He lamented the fact that two weeks after Hurricane Matthew ravaged Haiti, leaving over 1,000 people dead, regional governments had not yet donated a single cent.
“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,” Jackson said in an interview with the Jamaica Gleaner.
However, he 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.
The Jamaican also pointed out that although his country had not yet made a donation, it had played an excellent role as the hub for the regional relief efforts.
“Jamaica has made available human resources in keeping with the articles of agreement, which they have signed…but at the moment, we haven’t seen any cash into the CDEMA accounts that have been set up for Haiti and The Bahamas,” he said.
In giving an update on CDEMA’s work in the French-speaking Caribbean nation, Jackson said 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.