GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has hailed the strength of the Caribbean Community’s unity in the face of adversity brought by the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
In his end of year message for 2020, LaRocque lauded the region’s approach to public health that was adopted from “the very outbreak of the virus, even before a pandemic was declared”.
“Thanks to the hard work of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), our lead Institution in the sector, other regional institutions, the Caricom Secretariat and health officials across the community, all under the guidance of the Heads of Government, we were able to avoid the worst effects.”
The secretary-general said that the regional body, in an effort to facilitate its post-COVID-19 economic recovery has been seeking support from friendly countries for the international financial policy-making bodies to review their eligibility criteria which bar access to development assistance, grants and concessional financing.
He added that heads of government and foreign ministers have been advocating for a Universal Vulnerability Index to be used to determine access.
“These financial resources would be invaluable to assist in recovery from the pandemic, and the continuing battle to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change,” the secretary-general said.
As we celebrate during the season, it is imperative that we adhere to the health protocols and maintain the discipline that will relieve the pressure on both the health and economic sectors.