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ST VINCENT: Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar has invited nurses from the
Caricom region to work in T&T in a bid
to ease T&T s nursing shortage.
Persad-Bissessar made the offer on Tues-
day at the same time the Government ren-
dered further assistance to St Vincent to
help that island s ongoing efforts to rebuild
after last December s devastating flood dam-
Persad-Bissessar handed over TT$150,000
worth of water pipelines and materials to
repair St Vincent s demolished water sys-
She was showered with praise for almost
20 minutes by St Vincent Prime Minister,
Caricom chairman Dr Ralph Gonsalves who
noted T&T has already rendered aid in mate-
rials and other facilities estimated at around
"She s shown herself to be a true friend
of the people of St Vincent and the
Grenadines. I want to express the deepest
thanks on behalf of everyone to my sister
Kamla...T&T responded immediately after
the hurricane due to the generosity of the
spirit of Kamla," Gonsalves added.
"She has a deep sensitivity to things ---
it touches her, it s a noise in the blood, an
echo in her bones," Gonsalves added.
Persad-Bissessar and Gonsalves undertook
the handing-over at St Vincent s Water
Service Authority during a break in the sec-
ond day of Caricom s 25th Intersessional
The PM left St Vincent after the leaders
had caucused on over six issues most of
Persad-Bissessar s offer to Caricom to
accommodate regional nurses willing to
work in T&T was the latest in a string of
invitations to regional states during the
Intersessional meeting, heightening T&T s
profile in the regional grouping. And it
was sealed at Monday night s Caricom cocktail
dinner when Persad-Bissessar and Gonsalves duet-
ted on the pop song, That s What Friends Are For.
Persad-Bissessar said T&T also piloted a proposal
for all Caricom missions to share diplomatic facil-
ities wherever in the world some states have mis-
sions and others do not.
That arose after she suggested that Caricom
states share T&T s diplomatic mission in China.
The PM also said leaders are examining ways to
allow Guyanese students to study at the Hugh
Wooding Law School and change a system which
mitigated against this.
On joint efforts which T&T proposed, she added
if all states steered the same boat "we ll all float
Dispelling perceptions about T&T s assistance
for the region, Persad-Bissessar said the Govern-
ment is willing to help, but couldn t give what it
didn t produce.
Gonsalves, who said he was "very, very happy"
Persad-Bissessar was at the meeting, said he and
Persad-Bissessar had developed a close friendship.
"Even when we disagree on matters they re not
fundamental, we re cut from the same social cloth
of looking after the people," he said.
Saying some Vincentians lost everything and
some are still suffering in St Vincent from the
hurricane "hit," he said Persad-Bissessar responded
immediately to their plight, sending teams and
"I ll never forget her solidarity and contributions
in, as the song says, good times and bad, " Gon-
Gonsalves said 150 people are still in shelters.
However, an EC$21 million housing programme is
expected to be completed in six months.
Tuesday s Caricom talks focused on running
Caricom s Implementation Agency for Crime and
Security agency and sealing an outstanding Cari-
Talks continued after Persad-Bissessar left on
PM woos Caribbean nurses to T&T
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and St Vincent Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves
examine the pipelines which T&T has given St Vincent to repair that island's storm-
demolished water systems. PHOTO: GAIL ALEXANDER
"She's shown herself to be a true friend
of the people of St Vincent and the
Grenadines. I want to express the
deepest thanks on behalf everyone to my
sister Kamla...T&T responded
immediately after the hurricane due to
the generosity of the spirit of Kamla."
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