Dominica is receiving support from the Organization of American States’ Cooperation Development Fund to increase agriculture production and alleviate poverty particularly in the north and north east of the island.
GIS News spoke with Coordinator of the Programme, Amonia Paul-Rolle, who noted Government’s priority to reduce poverty on the island.
She says in the last Country Poverty Assessment, the parish of St. Andrew, in the north of the island was an area of concern.
Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID provided nearly $777 million to assist disaster-affected populations in the LAC region, including nearly $509 million from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and approximately $268 million from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP).
The Government of the People’s Republic of China has gone one step further in its commitment to construct a new hospital for the people of Dominica.
At a press conference on Friday, November 13th, Hon. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit informed that all systems are go while the Chinese Government is in process of tendering a contract for construction to begin.
Dominicans living in St. Thomas have contributed more than EC $50,000 towards Dominica’s Tropical Storm Erika recovery efforts.
Diaspora Liaison Officer who is also Chairperson of the Dominica Disaster Relief Committee Based in St. Thomas, Loreen Bannis-Roberts was at the ceremony on Monday November 9th accompanied by other committee members.
Bannis-Roberts says after Tropical Storm Erika, Dominicans living in St. Thomas took immediate action to assist.
She says the storm intensified the patriotic spirit of Dominicans living in St. Thomas.
The Government of Dominica has received a commitment from the Chinese Government to finance the reconstruction of the West Coast Road.
The Edward Oliver Leblanc Highway or West Coast Road suffered major infrastructural damage during Tropical Storm Erika.
The Hon. Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit made the announcement on Friday, November 13th.
The South African High Commission based in Jamaica has shown its support to Dominica following the passing of Tropical Storm Erika with a donation of building materials.
On Wednesday, November 11th, Acting Hon. Prime Minister who is also Acting Minister for Housing, Dr. John Colin McIntyre accepted the gift on Government’s behalf.
He commented that any gift, no matter the size or value is appreciated by Dominica.
“You have stimulated our economy by buying from Dominica,” he said.
Persons in communities greatly affected by Tropical Storm Erika are getting some much needed support when it comes to substance abuse.
Since the passage of the storm, the Drug Abuse Prevention Unit has gone into the hardest hit communities to bring vital information on substance abuse and trauma.
Coordinator of the Drug Abuse Prevention Unit, Jacinta Bannis says so far they have visited the communities of Petite Savanne, Fond St. Jean, Bagatelle, Good Hope, Colihaut and Dublanc.
Press Release No. 15/483
October 28, 2015
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on October 28, 2015 approved a disbursement of an amount equivalent to SDR 6.15 million (about US$8.7 million) for Dominica to be drawn from the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF).
Following the Executive Board’s discussion of Dominica, Mr. Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair, issued the following statement:
The Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP) is undertaking a hydromet study to ascertain how to better construct roads and bridges to withstand disasters.
A hydromet network collects remote field data and transmits it via satellite to provide real-time water management capability.
Hydromet data is then integrated with other sources of information to provide forecasting and current runoff conditions for river and reservoir operations.
A contract was award to Fred Ogden of Wyoming State University.
Summary of changes made to the emergency plan of action and revised budget:
Revisions have been made to the emergency plan of action based on the current appeal coverage of an estimated 35 per cent. It is likely that further additional contributions to the appeal will be made within the next few weeks. The timeframe has been reduced from 9 to 7 months. A further revision of the emergency plan of action may therefore be required once the overall situation is finalized. Below is a summary of the revisions made to the emergency operation to date:
El presente documento entrega un panorama mensual sobre la situación de los precios de alimentos en América Latina y el Caribe. Mediante el monitoreo de la información oficial de los países de la región, se busca entregar una alerta sobre los potenciales impactos que un alza de los precios de los alimentos puede generar sobre el bienestar de los hogares más pobres y vulnerables de la región, dado que son quienes destinan una proporción importante de sus ingresos al consumo de alimentos.
From the $39m allocated to Dominica under the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project, US $1m has been spent directly following Tropical Storm Erika.
Component three of the project which dealt with an emergency response was triggered by the onset of the storm giving Dominica access to the funds.
Evaluation, Monitoring and Communications Specialist with the DVRP, Nadette Langford, explained .
The latest is a 70,000€ donation by Dominica/ Guadeloupe Solidarity Committee in collaboration with the Contact and Research Association for the Caribbean (CORECA) and the Dominican Consulate in Guadeloupe.
The donation will go towards the rehabilitation of the Delices and Soufriere Primary Schools which were extensively damaged during the storm.
Hon. Minister for Education, Petter Saint Jean says the donation will go a long way to allow students a safer environment for learning.
Farmers hampered by Tropical Storm Erika will soon have access to their farms thanks to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The FAO has made available emergency assistance to the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors in the form of $300,000.
A signing agreement took place at the Division of Agriculture on Friday 23rd.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Harold Guiste says the quick response by FAO speaks volumes.
The agriculture sector is getting more help from the region after the wreckage of Tropical Storm Erika.
The group, Association Pour la Promotion De L’economie Rural (APER), from Martinique is here in Dominica to view the extent of damage caused by Erika to the agriculture sector as well as to discuss ways they can assist small farmers, as well as the Ministry of Agriculture to propel activities for agricultural development.
Rural women of are better able to care for themselves following Tropical Storm Erika.
In Observance of Rural Women’s Day on October 15th 2015, the women of Bagatelle, Fond St. Jean, Stowe and Pointe Caribe got dignity kits from the Bureau of Gender Affairs. The ceremony was a breakfast event put on by the Bureau.
Traditionally World Rural Women’s Day in Dominica is commemorated with a grand exhibition and cultural fair, however, the Bureau decided to use Tropical Storm Erika to draw attention to the impact of disasters on rural women.
On Tuesday, October 13th GIS News caught up with Captain Neville Wint, a relief specialist from Trinidad and Tobago. He has been in Dominica since August 27th following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.
Captain Wint works with CDEMA’s technical support team to ensure that the aid received is managed efficiently.
“I would compliment the people of Dominica because relief came in and is being accounted for down to me at the lowest level. There are accounts showing who received what. “
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Dominica are meeting to plan for the future development of the island with a Country Programming Framework Priority Setting Stakeholder Consultation.
The Country Programming Framework is a Government and FAO agreed program of assistance to support the country in national development.
Representing the Minister for Agriculture was Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Harold Guiste who believes the consultation is a timely one after the passing of Tropical storm Erika.
Dominica continues to benefit from relations with the Federative Republic of Brazil.
The most recent initiative was a donation of medicines and medical supplies to the Ministry of Health on Wednesday, October 14th.
Over $23,000 worth of medicine and medical supplies were gifted to Dominica by the Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to Dominica, His Excellency Jose Marcos Viana.
It is not the first time Dominica has received aid from Brazil following natural disaster. Last time was in 2007 following Hurricane Dean.
Government has identified several locations to permanently resettle those displaced by Tropical Storm Erika.
Hon. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made the announcement at a press conference on Friday, October 9th.
He listed, “Warner; Geneva, Grand Bay; near the Pierre Charles Secondary School in Grand Bay; Bellevue Chopin, and La Plaine. So there are several areas at which we’re looking for resettlement. The first 50 houses from Venezuela will go towards the resettlement of the Dubique community.”