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Contact: Kerwin Xavier


Wednesday February 23, 2011 –  As Saint Lucia continues its recovery and rehabilitation thrust, in the wake of Hurricane Tomas, Saint Lucia’s diplomatic partners yesterday handed over assistance to the value of over $US 600, 000 dollars from its diplomatic partners. 


Minister for External Affairs, International Trade and Investment Hon. Rufus Bousquet highlighted the aid received from friendly governments


“I am very pleased to be here with a representative of the ministry of finance in order to hand over a cheque amounting to $US615, 000. 97,  from two very significant donors; the first one being the Government of India with a contribution of  $500, 000  and the Government of Georgia with a contribution of $US50, 000 .  There were other contributions from other governments.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the Indian Government, the Government of Georgia and all the other governments that and persons who contributed to us. The money will be put to very good use.”  



The Saint Lucia Ministry of Finance, has been instrumental in the establishment of a committee within the ministry solely responsible for the setting up of bank accounts in the overseas missions serving Saint Lucia.


Director of Financial Administration  in the Ministry of finance Agosta Degaszon explained the process leading to the generous donations. 


“Very soon after the passage of hurricane Tomas, the ministry of finance set up a disaster recovery committee.  The permanent secretary Mr. Isaac Anthony was very instrumental in setting up this committee and the ministry of External Affairs was very instrumental in working with us in setting up bank accounts in the overseas missions and of course we set up accounts locally  as well to receive donations from all persons.”


Degazon said whilst the response to date has been laudable, more support is needed to proceed with the recovery and rehabilitation efforts to get get the country back on track.


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