JIS News

Prime Minister P. J. Patterson has offered assistance to the United States for recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Mr. Patterson made this announcement when he appeared as a guest on NBC’s ‘Today Show’ on Wednesday September 14.
He said 30 members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Engineering Corps would be made available. “We feel that we ought to make a tangible contribution to help with the recovery effort,” as “the Americans have always responded to us (Jamaica) generously in our time of need,” he added.
Recounting Jamaica’s recent experiences with hurricanes, the Prime Minister said, “Last year we were very seriously hit and in early July we had two storms passing over Jamaica, therefore we empathize with the people of the Gulf Coast in a special way. We have expressed our sympathy at the loss of life and the terrible suffering that has occurred there.”
In addition, the Prime Minister said that a very special package was being offered to those who were undertaking the relief efforts. He explained, “We are putting together 100 vacation packages,” to persons to “visit Jamaica at an appropriate time to recover from the stress they are undergoing”.
The Prime Minister is in New York where he will be addressing the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in his capacity as Chairman of the Group of 77 and China on September 17.