CARICOM Heads of Government and other senior officials at the virtual meeting convened to discuss the region’s relief response for St Vincent and the Grenadines, on Thursday 15 April 2021. (Image courtesy CARICOM)

Leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are meeting this afternoon in emergency session, to address the situation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, in his capacity as Chairman of CARICOM, convened the meeting to ensure that a fulsome regional response is rolled out in support of the People and Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

According to an advisory from the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, today’s Heads Meeting will receive presentations from Dr Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), and the Seismic Research Unit of the University of the West Indies.

“CARICOM states, including Trinidad and Tobago, as well as key regional institutions have already mobilized significant assistance to the beleaguered nation and are committed to supporting St. Vincent and the Grenadines throughout this challenging period,” the Ministry asserts in its release.

The Trinidad and Tobago delegation is being led by Prime Minister Rowley and includes Senator Dr Amery Browne, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs; the Honourable Stuart Young, Minister of National Security; and Ms. Frances Seignoret, Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to CARICOM.