Private Sector Commission

The Private Sector Commission in collaboration with the Prime Minister Hon. Moses Nagamootoo and Minister of State Hon. Joseph Harmon met on September 11, 2017 in the Boardroom of the Commission to discuss hurricane relief efforts for countries devastated by Hurricane Irma.

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The Private Sector Commission in collaboration with the Prime Minister Hon. Moses Nagamootoo and Minister of State Hon. Joseph Harmon met on September 11, 2017 in the Boardroom of the Commission to discuss hurricane relief efforts for countries devastated by Hurricane Irma.

Persons in attendance included Minister Winston Felix, representatives of the Parliamentary Opposition, representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, members of the Private Sector Commission, officials of the Civil Defence Commission, the Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, the Guyana Red Cross and the Media.

Minister Harmon expressed gratitude to the Private Sector Commission for joining in the relief effort at short notice. He said that the meeting was to sensitise interested and concerned parties on the impact of the hurricane and to mobilise donations to assist the citizens of the devastated countries.

The Deputy Director General of the CDC, Major Kester Craig, delivered a brief PowerPoint presentation on the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency participating states which were affected by Hurricane Irma. He also highlighted the level of destruction to each CDEMA country and the country’s specific and priority needs which included food, water, shelter (tents) and medicines.

The CDC members alluded to the logistics dilemma of transporting relief supplies to affected countries and Major Craig cautioned that, due to transportation issues, it would be wiser for the private sector to contribute financially instead of donating direct relief supplies. The meeting decided that a smaller Committee which included a team from the Private Sector Commission would be established to coordinate efforts.

 

 


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