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World Bank pledges support to Dominica’s goal to become world’s first climate resilient nation

by: Dominica Vibes News - March 12, 2018
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Operations Officer at the World Bank, Karleen Francis

The World Bank has pledged its continuous support to Dominica as the country works to become the first climate resilient nation in the world.

This announcement was made at the launch of the Climate Resilience Execution Agency of Dominica held at the Goodwill Parish Hall on Friday 9 March 2018, where Operations Officer at the World Bank, Karleen Francis stated that after the passage of Hurricane Maria, the World Bank was one of the first to respond and meet with the Prime Minister to express support and start planning assistance for the recovery efforts.

“I wish to convey, to this gathering, the World Banks highest level of commitment to assist the Government and the people of Dominica, to assist in the rebuilding of Dominica as the first climate resilient nation,” Francis stated.

She went on to note that the Bank’s commitment is shown in its various partnerships with Dominica.

Francis added that the organization rapidly responded to the Government of Dominica’s request to coordinate a post disaster needs assessment in conjunction with various institutions including the United Nations, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank and the European Union.

She said, “The swift and well-coordinated response by the development partners is a best practice example of our commitment and our support and we continue to show it with our presence here today.”