UK invests $25m in insurance scheme to protect A&B and other Caribbean countries threatened by natural disasters


UK invests $25m in insurance scheme to protect A&B and other Caribbean countries threatened by natural disasters

The UK is announcing a $25 million investment to establish an affordable insurance scheme that will protect essential water and sanitation services in Caribbean countries at risk of natural disasters, like Antigua and Barbuda.

The Caribbean Water Utility Insurance Collective (CWUIC), which will be part of CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) has launched with UK support. It will provide rapid payouts to repair services damaged by disasters such as hurricanes and floods. Early action to restore access to safe drinking water can help prevent spread of diseases.

All Caribbean water and sanitation utilities are encouraged to join and will benefit from insurance at substantially below commercial prices and investments to build resilience to disasters.

UK grants will also enable utilities in Belize, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Guyana and Suriname to buy the insurance they need.

With the risk of extreme weather increasing due to climate change, disaster risk finance schemes such as CWUIC reduce costs for the most vulnerable countries and enable faster recovery.

The investment is part of the UK’s wider commitment to supporting the Caribbean in disaster resilience. The flagship £350 million UK Caribbean Infrastructure Fund is also supporting the development of critical infrastructure including bridges, renewable energy, ports, water, and sea defences.

UK Minister for the Americas and Caribbean David Rutley: “The people of the Caribbean are on the frontline of natural disasters, which are increasing in frequency due to climate change.

“This first-of-its-kind scheme will enable Caribbean countries to maintain essential services in the face of storms and floods, while greatly reducing the financial burden on individual governments.

“The UK is determined to play its part in helping small island developing states build resilience to extreme weather events with access to fairer and reliable funding.”

This investment into CWUIC is part of the UK’s contribution to the G7/V20 Global Shield Against Climate Risk that was launched at COP27.

CWUIC will be co-funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Coca Cola Foundation.

It is hoped the scheme will soon expand to provide insurance cover for droughts and other hazards.

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  1. Bid sucking Brixtonian what do u say … World boss right again .. u love man silly fool take your interlect to your grave u fool .. u can’t have kids they must be shame of a old fart like u… Then again u could be Harold, Gizell or Gay lord Tabor .. hey tell Tabor loose that facial expressions that look like a dick stuck in his mouth

  2. Wonder if it’s a euphemism for “now you advocates for climate change in the Caribbean, SHUT UP!”

  3. the money may not leave Europe…
    According to the French president, referring to the England… “the perfidious Albion.”

  4. Nothing wrong with investing in insurance and protecting your assets, but it’s the overseers of these funds that I’m more worried about, the management people that handle these funds.
    The Caribbean is full of corruption, and this is just another opportunity for money to just disappear and no one has a clue as to where it went.

    Many Governments in the Caribbean are corrupted, so these good intention schemes that pop up from time to time never really benefits the people in the end as they supposed to, because of corrupt leaders and greedy scamps like Gaston Browne always digging their hands in the kitty.

    Our objective is to get rid of corrupt politicians and we might see the benefits of these programs.

    Remember, ant’s follow fat.

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