EU pledges more support for Barbuda recovery

Ambassador for Antigua and Barbuda, Karen Mae-Hill (left) and and Stefano Manservisi (centre), Director-General for International Cooperation and Development for the European Union after signing the agreements (photo courtesy CARICOM Today)

The European Union (EU), on Tuesday signalled its intent to support post-hurricane recovery and reconstructions efforts in Barbuda.

The agreement with Antigua and Barbuda was signed by Karen-Mae Hill, Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda and Stefano Manservisi, Director-General for International Cooperation and Development for the EU on the margins of the second EU-Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Foreign Ministers meeting.  

The €5 million (EC $15 million) programme for Antigua and Barbuda will aim to support housing reconstruction for low-income families, who were devastated by the impact of Hurricane Irma, last September.

Similar agreements were also signed with Dominica and CARIFORUM, which was represented by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of St Lucia, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun.

The €14 million ($44 million E.C.) programme with CARIFORUM will support the Caribbean Disaster Management Agency (CDEMA) in further enhancing the region’s disaster preparedness and response capacity.

The programmes were part of a larger package of €74 million that was adopted this week, which will support the region to “build-back-better” and promote resilience regarding future natural hazards.

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