CARICOM delegation to visit Barbuda

CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada and a CARICOM delegation began their visit to sever- al Hurricane-Irma-stricken islands.

The delegation is accompanied by CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin Larocque. The delegation also includes Mr. Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) – the CARICOM Institution co- ordinating the regional response to the Hurricane Irma disaster.

Antigua & Barbuda’s Ambassador to CARICOM, Dr. Clarence Henry, Minister of Tourism, Economic Development & Energy, Hon. Asot Michael, Minister of Trade, Commerce & Industry, Sports, Culture & National Festivals, Hon. E. P. Chet Greene and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of foreign Affairs, Ambassador Anthony Liverpool were all present to greet them when they arrived at the V.C. Bird Int’ l Airport late yesterday afternoon.

The CARICOM delegation traveled onboard a Regional Security System (RSS) aircraft from Grenada where they traveled to the British Virgin Islands, followed by Anguilla in the afternoon.

They spent the night in Antigua and will visit Barbuda today.

Prime Minister Mitchell says that CARICOM stands ready to render whatever assistance it can to assist in the recovery efforts which are being co-ordinated by CDEMA, the CARICOM Institution coordinating the regional response to the Hurricane Irma disaster.