By Caribbean News Global contributor
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (DPI) – In keeping with the government of Guyana’s commitment to taking swift and robust action in response to the recent devastating earthquake in our sister CARICOM state of the Republic of Haiti, and following on the heels of a direct telephone conversation last Saturday between His Excellency Dr Mohammed Irfaan Ali, and the newly appointed Haitian prime minister, Dr Ariel Henry, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has established a humanitarian account with Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited, in the name of the Civil Defence Commission.
The OPM will be working closely with our civil society, private sector and other partners to quickly raise funds for a coordinated, substantial relief response for the affected people of Haiti.
Guyana’s resolve to stand in solidarity in good and bad times with our CARICOM brothers and sisters across the region remains steadfast. As we have done in the past, we will combine energies and resources to meet this latest humanitarian challenge to bring comfort and relief to our Haitian brothers and sisters as quickly as possible.
We ask that Guyanese in the diaspora join our efforts to provide substantial relief through our collective response.
The CDC-Republic Bank information is as follows:
Account number: 96235619938
Account name: Civil Defence Commission
Account address: 49 Main & Urquhart Streets, Georgetown Guyana
Branch Name: Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited
Swift Code: RBGLGYGG
Further information or queries should be directed to the Civil Defence Commission Telephone: 592 226 1114 or 592 600 7500 (Call or Whatsapp) Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meanwhile, president of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr Gene Leon “stands in solidarity with the government and people of Haiti following the earthquake which occurred on Saturday August 14, 2021.”
In a press release, Dr Gene Leon “express our deepest sympathy, knowing that the Haitian people have had to continually grapple with natural hazards as well as social and economic challenges over a number of years” added “the CDB team, through its involvement in the Caribbean Donor Partner Group, led by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), and co-chaired by the United Nations Development Programme Resident Coordinators Office, is currently involved in the planning process for a coordinated regional response to provide immediate and longer-term support on the ground.”
“Our condolences to the citizens who have lost loved ones or suffered injury or damage to property. The CDB pledges to work with national and regional organisations to assist the recovery and to continue its efforts to improve conditions for the people of Haiti,” the CDB press release concluded.