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St. Vincent and the Grenadines is giving US$40,000 to Trinidad and Tobago as a mark of our solidarity consequent on the recent floods there.

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves made the announcement in his Independence Address on Saturday, saying that Kingstown stands with all nations affected by climate change.

He said that between 2010 and 2017, SVG suffered loss and damage amounting EC$700 million or in excess of one-third of our country’s Gross Domestic Product due to storms, excessive rainfall, landslides, raging seas and rivers.

“The weather patterns arising from climate change are now unfamiliar in time, type, and seasonality; unprecedented in frequency and intensity; and thus urgent beyond measure. “

Gonsalves said that both the pre-existing condition of countries like SVG and the immediacy of climate change “have given rise, most assuredly, to the many-sided concept of ‘Small State Exceptionalism’ as a category in the global political economy which deserves an especial carve-out and recognition beyond the traditional rubric, hitherto, of ‘special and differential’ treatment”.

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9 replies on “SVG gives Trinidad US$40,000 for flood relief”

  1. I love Trinidadian People. I’ve found them to be generally a vibrant, positive, progressive and loving people. I’m glad that Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves made such a great hearted gallant donation .

  2. Avatar Of Annis Oatelia CreeseAnnis Oatelia Creese says:

    I am extremely happy that SVG was able to give some money to TT. When there is disaster in other islands, Trinidad usually gives; so it is fitting that we return the favour, even if we don’t have much. SVG also always gives. We, the Caribbean people, are people with a heart. We feel for one another. Thank you, my people of SVG, and thank you Mr. PM.

  3. Thank you to the government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for their generous donation. Though I’m Trini, both my parents were from SVG which is very dear to my heart and which I consider my second home.

  4. No one deny that there has been some local problems in Trinidad and Tobago but this is but local problems that they could well cope with within their own resources, after all, just take a little look at the declared Gross domestic product for Trinidad and Tobago, it is a whopping 22.1 billion USD for (2017) while the declared Gross domestic product for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, for the same period, is a minor 789.6 million USD. What does that tell us about our government’s decision to send money to a nation who are so wealthy and we so poor?

    We here in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have had what could only be termed as an ongoing disaster on a grand scale for some time now. An ongoing disaster of seriously poor health care, poor town-scape, a poor road network, poor business environment and shockingly sky-high taxes, that most here are struggling to pay.

    So let us just get real for once and stop paying the big man here, by pretending that we as a state are much better off than what we really are. We are just poor beggars pretending to be rich. What terrible fools the bunch of you are who think that the action of Ralph Gonsalves was so commendable and laudable. Get real!

    1. […] I was wondering why I don’t see certain people’s comments on IWN anymore but on other SVG news sites. I think that I have figured it out. It is because of Political bias, ego and obsession with controlling the narrative.
      Even Vincy Lawyer who is an avid ULP fan and you( James H) who often comment from a Christian and moral standpoint are often conspicuously missing. I won’t waste my time lending my voice to this article above because you already said it perfectly.

      1. r,

        Parts of your comment were edited to remove a blatant untruth. The reality is that iWN cannot publish comments that are not submitted. If you don’t see comments from persons, it is either they have not commented or the comments contain information that could expose iWN to legal implications. And where possible, such information if edited out of the comment and replaced by “[…]” and the remainder of the comment published. Long comment would take a longer time before they are moderated.

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