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Bill Clinton tours USVI

Former United States of America (USA) President William Jefferson Clinton aka ‘Bill’ speaks with US Virgin Islands Governor Mr Kenneth E. Mapp at the Schneider Regional Medical Center on St Thomas. Photo: VIC

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- Former United States of America (USA) President William Jefferson Clinton aka ‘Bill’ and members of the Clinton Foundation, as announced last week, visited the US Virgin Islands (USVI) — specifically St Thomas and St John — on Monday February 5, 2018, touring areas on both islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, while visiting My Brother’s Workshop and the Schneider Regional Medical Center on St Thomas, and meeting with local leaders on St John.

During the visit, Mr Clinton agreed that hardening the territory’s infrastructure will save both tax dollars and lives. “The taxpayers will save money, but it’s also the morally right thing to do,” said the former president during a meeting with territorial leaders, including Virgin Islands Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett and Senate President Myron D. Jackson.

Governor Kenneth E. Mapp told Mr Clinton that the federal government had spent millions rebuilding the US Virgin Islands electrical grid and repairing public buildings in the past, only to have to spend money all over again when the territory was hit by yet another major storm, an observation the governor has reiterated on many occasions.

The governor added that his administration was committed to rebuilding a smarter and stronger Virgin Islands, and that he had made the case to Congress to amend the Stafford Act to allow for infrastructure to be rebuilt to new standards.

“It doesn’t make fiscal sense to rebuild things back the way they were,” Mr Mapp said. “We need the help, we need the investment so we can rebuild stronger and better so we can withstand the storms. They are going to keep coming and they are going to become stronger as the planet gets warmer.”

Mr Clinton, who is visiting the Caribbean this week on behalf of the Clinton Foundation, explained that he had learned rebuilding lessons with the Foundation’s work after Hurricane Katrina. The homes they helped rebuild in New Orleans were better-built and were much more energy efficient.

Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery

The former president is visiting the US Virgin Islands and Dominica this week to assess Hurricane recovery efforts, which follows an announcement that the Clinton Foundation is launching a new programme called the Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery, aimed at providing support for the USVI, Puerto Rico, Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda.

The network, formed at the invitation of the leaders of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Antigua & Barbuda, and Dominica, will formally convene its first open meeting on April 3, 2018 at the University of Miami. There, its members will consider commitments to action, building on the Clinton Global Initiative model that stresses mobilisation of resources to combat urgent global challenges.

“Disaster areas often do not get the attention they need once the crisis has passed, Mr Clinton said said. “We want to be there for you once the headlines are about something else,” he offered. The Clinton Foundation Action Network is focusing on five areas of recovery in the Caribbean: energy, infrastructure, health, education and economic development.

Mr. Clinton met Mr Mapp, Ms Plaskett and US Virgin Islands Senate President Jackson at the Schneider Regional Medical Center Monday morning for a private meeting and a tour of the damaged facilities, followed by a visit to the devastated Tutu High Rise Housing Community. They ended their day at Julius E. Sprauve School on St John, where Clinton and his team met with students, teachers and Education Commissioner Dr Sharon McCollum before holding a meeting with community members.

Describing the talks with the former president as productive, the governor said: “We discussed a number of issues, but more specifically, improving power generation, hardening distribution and investing in more renewables to reduce rates.” He added: “We also talked of steps we can take that would help to grow the economy, strengthen small businesses and restore and grow tourism.”

The Clinton Foundation and Direct Relief also presented a donation of medical supplies to the Territory while at the medical center. “I’d like to thank Direct Relief and President Clinton for all of the help, all of the support that you are providing the people of the US Virgin Islands,” Mr Mapp said. “We really deeply appreciate it.”

The governor stressed that it was important to note that despite the severe damage to hospitals, employees had done a tremendous job protecting and caring for patients during and after the storms.

7 Responses to “Bill Clinton tours USVI”

  • Big strong (06/02/2018, 16:44) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    We had Obama so what he old news lol
    • SMH (06/02/2018, 17:43) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
      Bill and Hillary have been to the USVI than the one time Obama’s came here. That’s nothing new.
  • Bill and Hill (06/02/2018, 18:32) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Return Haitians people Money!!
  • bones (06/02/2018, 21:48) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    @ Bill and Hill. You are so right! They stole all of the money that was allotted for Haiti’s recovery to build housing, etc.. They really think we forgot? Why is he here anywY? We don’t want to see him....ever!
  • Yes (06/02/2018, 23:17) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Monica Lowinski better watch out because Bill came back for some more of that boil fish
  • bones (07/02/2018, 23:04) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    @ @bones. LIAR! The USA. are the biggest thieves. Are you kidding me? USA is all over the world killing and taking whatever the hell they want to. SMFH at you.

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