Stacey Plaskett, who is a United States Virgin Island (USVI) delegate to the United States House of Representatives, has promised assistance from the USVI after the passage of Tropical Storm Erika and said she will further represent Dominica’s interest to the US Federal Government in Washington DC.
Plaskett was part of a high-level delegation from the USVI who met with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit on Sunday and according to her, assistance for the country will be done in the manner that the people of Dominica wants it, “not how we want it to be.”
Addressing the media after the meeting, she said she is now better positioned to speak on Dominica’s behalf now that she has heard and seen firsthand the needs of the people following the devastation the country suffered after the storm.
She stated that when she returns to Washington DC, she will meet with other members of Congress with large Caribbean constituents “and talk with them on providing additional support to the people of Dominica from the Federal Government of the USA.”
“Dominica is in the US’ backyard and it is important for the Americans to treat their brothers and sisters who are less fortunate, or who are in times of distress, in a manner that is in keeping with the USA objectives,” Plaskett stated.
The Congress representative pointed out that she will first take the country’s needs to the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), “so we could determine how we could be most helpful.”
Some of the areas to be explored include heavy building materials, heavy equipment and technical support.
She also commented on the level of unity in the country, post Erika.
“One of the things we want to pass on is we have seen the devastation, we have seen what you all are going through and I am very proud of how people of Dominica have come together to go beyond what is now a crisis and we really want you to know that our prayers are that we know that this is going to be a great opportunity for you all to surpass even where you were before,” she said.
Liaison Officer for Diaspora Affairs, Loreen Bannis-Roberts, who also addressed the media following the meeting described it as “productive.”
“All in all we are clear on the way forward between Dominica and the USVI,” she said.