Ambassador Irwin La Rocque

Ambassador Irwin La Rocque

Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque arrived in Dominica yesterday to assist the island in its recovery efforts following Tropical Storm Erika.

LaRocque, who is a Dominican, said he is here to lend support as the Caricom Secretary General and as a son of the soil.

He said that he has been coordinating with the Prime Minister from the day of the storm, trying to mobilise support regionally and internationally.

LaRocque noted there has been an outpouring of support for Dominica within CARICOM and further afield. Even the ordinary man-in-the-street wants to assist the island’s recovery efforts, he said.

He added that the private sector of Guyana, Barbados and Trinidad have indicated their willingness to assist Dominica.

Further, the Guyana Government has said it will send a consignment of rice to the island and is willing to send military personnel to assist in recovery efforts, La Rocque said.