Dominica’s International Relief Coordinator Baroness Patricia Scotland has responded to criticisms as it relates to her performance on the job.
She was appointed to that position by Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika which devastated the island on August 27, 2015.
She is presently in Dominica on a ‘scoping mission’ and she has received criticism from some quarters for not giving a report of her job some six months after the passage of the storm.
At a press conference on Thursday Scotland sought to outline some of what she has been doing, saying she doing it for the love of country.
“All I can tell you is that I was having my 60th birthday celebration when I received a call to tell me that Erika had struck and what was I going to do about it?” she said. “Now, you know, that I am not actually a member of the Dominica Government and neither I am a member of the Dominican opposition and neither I am an official but I someone who loves my country.”
She said immediately after receiving the news of Erika she began seeking international assistance.
“I immediately sought to engage all the international players that I had in my IPhone and rang absolutely everyone to try and get government’s assistance supported by international assistance,” she stated.
According to her, support has been received from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Red Cross.
“I spoke to CDEMA ( Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency), we did the coordination work to try and make sure that Dominica was not flooded by International actors wanting to be of assistance of causing potentially more difficulty…,” she explained.
She said she has spoken to many international agencies.
“I have spoken to the IMF, I spent two days in Rome last week speaking to the World Bank…I have spoken to the Pope, I have spoken to the foreign ministers,” she stated.
Scotland said she will continue to do all she can to support Dominica.
She noted that there is a difference between her and many others, who, she said like to talk.
“Lots of people like to talk and they do nothing, I do and I am silent,” she remarked. “So this is the first time perhaps I am giving you an idea of what I have done on virtually every day since the 27 of August,” she stated.