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During his visit to the CARICOM-UN High-Level Pledging Conference in New York, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, discussed the prospects for cooperation between the BVI and Clinton Foundation on climate change.
Premier Smith met with Director of Programs, Clinton Climate Change Initiative, Jesse Gertsin, at the Clinton Foundation and highlighted the Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund as an exemplary mechanism for receiving funds to build climate resilience.
He said, “It was a pleasure to meet Mr. Gertsin after President Clinton’s address to the UN donors conference. I explained the urgent need for the BVI to build climate resilience, particularly along our coasts where there has been great erosion. I hope we are able to partner with the Clinton Foundation at some point in the future in this area.”
Premier Smith was joined by Chairman of the Recovery Task Force Brodrick Penn, BVI London Office Director Benito Wheatley and Deputy Director of the International Affairs Secretariat Najan Christopher.
Photo Attached: Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE. Photo Credit: Provided.