January 14, 2020
Government has received $1.5 billion in pledge donations for Hurricane Dorian relief during an aid conference held at Baha Mar yesterday, and officials said they expect more pledges will continue to come in. The conference was sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and was attended by hundreds including government ministers and officials as well as local and international private sector representatives, members of the public and media. “The outpouring of support is just tremendous. In fact, it exceeds my expectations,” said Minister of State in the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction Iram Lewis in an interview with The Nassau Guardian yesterday. Calling the event “very successful” in its efforts to raise funds for recovery and reconstruction following the devastating Category 5 storm, Lewis added: “There were some unspoken pledges also. The government from Kuwait – based on what they said, I do believe that they will come back once they receive authorization to perhaps make a pledge.
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