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Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding returned home Monday (January 18) from the meeting in the Dominican Republic which discussed assistance and co-ordination of relief efforts for earthquake devastated Haiti.
The meeting was convened at the request of the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, in his capacity as Chairman of the European Union (EU), to discuss medium and long-term plans for Haiti’s reconstruction.
Mr. Golding was not available for comment on his return to the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston Monday afternoon, due to pressing assignments at Jamaica House in Kingston, but Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management ODPEM), Ronald Jackson, who was a member of the Jamaican team, stated that the meeting was essentially organised to co-ordinate various efforts.
“It really looked at how CARICOM, the Latin American countries, the United States and Canada can sort of pull together some kind of co-ordinating mechanism, strategic development plan, towards the recovery and reconstruction of and the overall strengthening of Haiti, after this tragic event,” Mr. Jackson said.
He noted that, currently, there was a greater co-ordinated effort in getting help into Haiti.
“The United Nations’ mechanism has cranked up, and we are seeing more of a harmonious or co-ordinated approach in providing aid,” Mr. Jackson said.
Monday’s meeting in Santo Domingo was also attended by senior officials of the US State Department as well as representatives of the European Union, the United Nations and CARICOM officials.

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