BUSINESS BYTE: CIBC FirstCaribbean assists the Ministry of Health in Covid – 19 fight

from left: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Wellness and New Health Investment, Letitia Lestrade Wyke receiving contribution from Country Head Stephen Lander

Roseau, Dominica, 19 May 2020 – The Government of Dominica, through the Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment, received a timely contribution of USD 10,000.00 from CIBC First Caribbean in the fight against COVID – 19.

“As a show of our support towards the fight and our social responsibility, we found it very opportune at this juncture to make this contribution towards purchasing of test kits which will help with the community testing efforts. We are happy that we are at zero active cases and we want to keep it that way. One of the ways we felt this can be achieved is by identifying those who may be infected and asymptomatic and have them treated. This is the motivation behind our donation today,” said the bank’s Country Head Stephen Lander.

Mrs. Letitia Lestrade Wyke, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment expressed her gratitude on be behalf of the Ministry and by extension the Government of Dominica.

‘No matter what the size of contribution, it is greatly appreciated. Testing and testing kits are costly especially as we are aware of the intent of the Ministry to conduct community testing.’

Mrs. Lestrade Wyke also advised that the best and most appropriate test kits have already been identified to be purchased. She also commended the bank on the protocols implemented to help prevent the spread COVID – 19.

The bank, through its charitable arm the FirstCaribbean International ComTrust Foundation, donated a total of USD$250,000 toward the purchase of the kits in the countries across its regional footprint.


About CIBC FirstCaribbean


CIBC FirstCaribbean is a relationship bank offering a full range of market leading financial

services through our Corporate and Investment Banking, Retail and Business Banking and

Wealth Management segments.. We are located in sixteen (16) countries around the Caribbean, providing the banking services that fit our customers’ lives through approximately 3,000 employees in 68 branches and offices. We are one of the largest regionally listed financial services institutions in the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean, with over US$11 billion in assets and market capitalization of US $2 billion.  We also have an office in Hong Kong. The face of banking is changing throughout the world and CIBC FirstCaribbean intends to lead these changes with the expertise, integrity and knowledge gained from banking in the Caribbean since 1836.


CIBC FirstCaribbean is a member of the CIBC Group. CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with 11 million personal banking and business clients. Through our three major business units – Retail and Business Banking, Wealth Management and Capital Markets – CIBC offers a full range of products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking network, branches and offices across Canada with offices in the United States and around the world.


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