Dominica – Infrastructure needs following Tropical Storm Erika Damage

Date: Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Time: 16.0017.30

Venue: House of Lords

The Caribbean Council, with its event partner British Expertise International, organised a briefing event on Dominica’s infrastructure needs following the damage caused by Tropical Storm Erika on Tuesday 8 March at the House of Lords.

The briefing was led by Baroness Scotland, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Development (DFID), and the architect John McAslan, Executive Chairman of John McAslan + Partners, who had just returned from a scoping visit to Dominica supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. They presented the findings of the scoping report and engaged in a discussion with participants on the business opportunities for UK companies.

This event followed the Caribbean Council and British Expertise’s successful meeting with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Department for International Development (DFID) on the £300 million UK Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF) that took place in January in London.

Dominica is one of the beneficiary countries for the UKCIF, an island that had its infrastructure devastated by tropical storm Erika in August 2015. The CDB has already allocated a US$13 million emergency infrastructure reconstruction loan to Dominica, and it is likely that Dominica will also receive funds for reconstruction from the UKCIF.

The Caribbean Council with British Expertise International are currently organising a trade mission to Barbados on 24-28 April and this briefing assessed companies that attended, the possibility of offering the opportunity to visit Dominica as part of an extension to the trade mission.

If you would like to attend this event, please register by contacting Sue Davie from British Expertise directly at sd@britishexpertise.org or call +44 (0)20 7824 1920.

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