USVI delegation meets PM Skerrit

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first_img Tweet Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit meeting with the USVI delegation (Photo compliments: The Office of the Prime Minister)A high-level delegation from the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) met with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit in Dominica on Sunday 6 September 2015.The delegation included Stacy Plaskett, delegate to the United States House of Representatives from the United States Virgin Islands at-large congressional district; Senator Samuel Sanes, Senate Majority Leader in the USVI Legislature and Senator Holland Redfield II.“I think it was very helpful for us to meet, you know our first intention foremost is to let him know that the hearts and minds of the Virgin Island citizens are with our fellow Dominican brothers and sisters here in the Caribbean,” Plaskett told the media.Plaskett explained that the purpose of the visit was also to hear from the Prime Minister directly as to the impact that Tropical Storm Erika had on Dominica and how they can be supportive in that. “We understood about the need for building materials, relocation, trauma support, medical support, and we’re trying to do what we can,” she indicated.Plaskett informed that representatives of Dominicans in St Croix and St Thomas, who were also present at the meeting with the Prime Minister, are bringing immediate relief efforts “through containers that have already been filled and on their way being shipped down here to Dominica”.“But we also want a second wave of what’s necessary, we’re trying to connect with Home Depot as well as local agencies and the Federal Government to lend the help that’s necessary for the long term development,” she said.“We know that this has been an enormous crisis for the people of Dominica, we really want to extend ourselves for the immediacy, but we understand that this is a long term effort and we’re going to be here for the long haul to get Dominica through what has been a tragedy,” she continued.Plaskett anticipates that Dominica will turn this natural disaster into an opportunity “to grow their economy, grow themselves and of course we’re already seeing how it has bound the people one to another as we move forward and we’re really grateful for this opportunity”. Meanwhile, she has committed to raising attention of the situation here at the US Congress level, especially with its members who represent Caribbean communities like Miami and New York City.“We’re going to be coordinating what efforts we can to provide technical support, to provide assistance from the US Government,” Plaskett noted.“We know USAID is already here on the ground but how they can become a much larger force for development and really to send the message to the United States Congress that this was in fact a tremendous tragedy, that climate change is already showing its immediate effect on communities throughout the world and particularly in the Caribbean and that much more attention needs to be placed on it,” she informed. Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share 190 Views   no discussions LocalNews USVI delegation meets PM Skerrit by: Dominica Vibes News – September 7, 2015last_img

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