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– says community should help convince the world that nation needs strong help(CMC) Haiti Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive has expressed his country’s gratitude for the quick response of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in the wake of the devastating earthquake of Tuesday, January 12.Speaking to the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), which was part of CARICOM’s Tactical Mission to Haiti, Minister Bellerive said his country was “indeed grateful for the quick response of the CARICOM leaders to our plight.” He added that “we count on our friends of the CARICOM to be our ambassadors, to help us convince the world that we need strong help.”Bellerive told CMC he had already held talks with Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding on what role CARICOM could play in the rebuilding of the country and said the Community could play a leading role in securing much needed financial and technical assistance to his earthquake battered country in the years ahead.“They can do a lot. First we want technical assistance…it is not only money…..CARICOM can do a lot, they can also be our ambassadors outside because… they can travel and explain the situation in Haiti,” the Prime Minister told CMC.The Prime Minister’s words of appreciation came as the Community intensified its relief efforts through the appointment of Brigadier General (Ret) Earl Arthurs of Belize as Special Co-ordinator on the ground in Haiti. General Arthurs, who led the CARICOM tactical mission, which arrived in Haiti last Sunday, assumed responsibility on Tuesday and will remain in Haiti to carry out his assignment.The Special Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that the Community’s Haiti Response Mission for the Earthquake is effectively pursued on the ground. The Special Coordinator will also be the link between the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the stricken country and other coordination mechanisms.Meanwhile, in an effort to maximise assistance, CDEMA has recommended that financial contributions is the preferred means of aid at this time rather than goods given the logistical challenges being faced in Haiti.A meeting was held in the Dominican Republic last Monday, under the chairmanship of the President of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernández Reyna, to examine the best means of addressing the situation in Haiti.The President of Haiti, Rene Garcia Preval participated in the meeting with his colleague CARICOM leaders, the Chairman of CARICOM, Roosevelt Skerrit, the Prime Minister of Dominica, Hubert Ingraham, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, David Thompson,Huarache Shoes For Men, Prime Minister of Barbados, Bruce Golding, Prime Minister of Jamaica and Patrick Manning,Wholesale China Jerseys, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. Secretary-General of CARICOM Edwin Carrington also participated along with representatives of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Canada, Spain, United States, Brazil, and the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH),Discount Football Jerseys, the European Union and the World Bank.At the meeting CARICOM was appointed as a member of a Coordination Committee created to organise an International Conference, which will have, as its objective, the devising of a Strategic Plan for the Reconstruction of Haiti.This Plan is intended to go beyond emergency assistance and would contribute to strengthening the viability and the political, economic and social stability of Haiti, in the medium and long term.The Committee comprising Haiti,Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping, the Dominican Republic, CARICOM,Cheap China Jerseys, the United Nations,Jerseys NFL Wholesale, the European Union, the Organisation of American States, the Rio Group, the United States, Canada, Brazil and the Inter-American Development Bank will be responsible for organising the conference and will hold its first meeting next Monday (January 25) in Canada.
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