Thai Government Donates US $25,000 for Hurricane Dean Reconstruction


Thai Ambassador-designate to Jamaica, His Excellency Snanchart Devahastin, has presented a cheque for US$25,000 to Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Canada, Her Excellency Evadne Coye, to be used in the Hurricane Dean relief effort.
The presentation, on behalf of the Thai government, took place recently at the offices of the Jamaican High Commission in Ottawa, Canada.
Ambassador Devahastin, who resides in Canada, said the funds are to be used as deemed fit in the reconstruction effort but he made note of the serious impact that the hurricane had on fishing villages on the south coast. He pointed out that Thailand has a very strong fishing industry and like Jamaica, has numerous small operators, and he could therefore empathize with the loss experienced by the fisherfolk.
He said that fishing could be one of the sectors in which Jamaica and Thailand could collaborate, especially for the manufacture of low-cost efficient fishing boats and equipment.
High Commissioner Coye thanked the government of Thailand for its generous donation and expressed the hope that the Ambassador would soon be able to present his credentials in Jamaica. She shared Ambassador Devahastin’s confidence that there were development sectors in which collaboration between Thailand and Jamaica would be mutually advantageous.

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