Guyana stands in solidarity with La Soufriere volcano-affected countries

President of Guyana, President Irfaan Ali, committed to not only helping the people of the volcano-affected nations of St Vincent and the Grenadines

President of Guyana, President Irfaan Ali, committed to not only helping the people of the volcano-affected nations of St Vincent and the Grenadines
President of Guyana, President Irfaan Ali, committed to not only helping the people of the volcano-affected nations of St Vincent and the Grenadines

Guyana: President of Guyana, President Irfaan Ali, committed to not only helping the people of the volcano-affected nations of St Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados in the short term but throughout the process of rebuilding, sources revealed.

President Ali visited the Muneshwers Wharf where MV Lady Fazeela was being placed with the third consignment of emergency supplies for the two CARICOM nations.

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The consignment is scheduled to leave Guyana’s shores on 20, 04, 2021.

St Vincent, where the Soufriere volcano is situated, has been the hardest hit, while Barbados has been adversely affected by ash from the volcano and faces water scarcity.  

“I am delighted to -be here this afternoon to witness, the struggles that all of you would have been setting in, all of Guyana would have been settling in to assist our sister State and Member of CARICOM—St Vincent, and particularly in this load-supporting also Barbados,” President Ali stated.

He declared that the relief attempts by the administration, the Private Sector and ordinary residents show what can be achieved when there is unity.

The President, who visited the wharf with PM Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark Phillips, stated that Guyana would continue to support the affected countries.

 “Guyana understands our accountability to CARICOM, we understand our role in CARICOM, and I want to ensure PM [Mia] Mottley and PM [Ralph] Gonsalves that not only are we with them in this emergency term, but we are with them throughout the procedure of rebuilding not only the physical-infrastructure but rebuilding the lives that would have been affected” he added.

PRIVATE SECTOR’S COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

President Ali extended acknowledgement to the business community, which he stated has shown on many occasions that it can rise to various challenges and that it is committed to the growth of Guyana and the region as a complete.

“I think in CARICOM itself there must be commendable recognition for the tremendous work of Guyana’s Private Sector in mobilising sources.”

He noted that the Private-Sector’s consistent actions and positive response show its commitment to fulfilling its corporate social accountability, which he stated Guyana should be proud of.

President Ali also thanked PM-Phillips, members of the Government and the Civil Defence-Commission for their “tremendous leaderships and work-day-after-day”.

The President also extended acknowledgement to the buyers and operators of the two ships—Miss Meena and Lady Fazeela—to allow the utility of the vessels to get the critical food, water supplies, and protective material to the islands.

The Soufrière volcano first exploded on Friday, April 9, with various other eruptions since. Citizens are significantly affected, and several have been displaced.