St. John’s , Antigua (August 30th 2015):- The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has donated US $100, 000 towards the Commonwealth of Dominica relief effort following the destruction and loss of life caused by the passage of Tropical Storm Erika earlier this week.
Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne made the announcement following his Cabinet Meeting on Thursday, which was held during the latter part of the passage of the storm across Antigua and Barbuda. He pointed out that the government is also sending a contingent of soldiers to aid in the relief effort along with the use of the coast guard vessel.
Following the storm, the country’s leader sent a message of condolence to the Prime Minister of Dominica the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit expressing his government’s commitment to strengthening the ties of friendship between the two countries. He outlined that Antigua and Barbuda intends to work closely alongside the Caribbean Disaster Emergency management Agency (CDEMA) to assist with the recovery efforts.
Prime Minister Browne also extended heartfelt sympathies and solidarity to Dominica during this period of loss and unfortunate devastation.
“I take this opportunity to commend the initiatives executed under your careful direction, particularly the efforts to secure the population of Dominica as the storm passed, as well as during the immediate aftermath of the storm. My Government is confident that the resilience, fortitude and unwavering commitment of your people to survive against all odds will assist Dominica in renewing itself,” PM Browne concluded.