UK Development Director for the Caribbean visits Dominica to review UKAID investments

United Development Caribbean Director Stefan Kossoff visited Dominica last week with climate change team leader Richard Carter and reviewed UKAID’s investments in the island country.

UK Aid, commonly abbreviated as UKAID, helps Dominica tackle environmental problems caused by climate change.

British delegates traveled to Grand Baie to inspect the newly renovated Smart Hospital, followed by a visit to Good Hope to learn more about critical work funded by the UK through the Climate Resilience Execution Agency (CREAD ).

Additionally, UK officials inspected the new geothermal power plant, funded by the UK and the World Bank.

Dr Vince Henderson, the new Minister of Planning, Economic Development and Renewable Energies, Minister of Education Octavia Alfred, CEO of CREAD Francine Baron and Chairman of DGDC Ltd Fred John accompanied UK officials on the their visits to various sites.

The UK government is doing everything to help the Caribbean island in its fight against climate change.

The UK has provided Dominica with £ 5million in aid following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

Hurricane Maria ravaged Dominica in 2017, destroying 98% of buildings and stranding thousands of people. It was the first Category Five hurricane in living memory to hit Dominica, affecting nearly the entire population of 70,000.

British aid brought immediate aid to areas devastated by the Maria, including shelter, hygiene kits and cooking supplies. DFID has also chartered a number of flights and ships to carry additional relief items alongside more than 2,000 military personnel and 50 police officers.

In addition, the UK’s contribution to Dominica included an additional £ 2million for early recovery, building on the £ 5million pledged in September 2017 for house and roof repairs. . UK Aid has also helped provide emergency shelter to hundreds of households whose roofs were blown off by Hurricane Maria. It also covered debris clearance through the United Nations Development Program and the National Employment Program to help communities restore safe and healthy living conditions, reclaim farmland and rehabilitate economic activity and livelihoods.

World Food Program cash assistance has also helped the most vulnerable meet their basic needs and revitalize the local economy.

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