Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis speaking to former US President Bill Clinton.
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis spoke with former United States President Bill Clinton by phone on Wednesday to discuss Hurricane Dorian relief efforts on the affected islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama.
Mr Clinton expressed his sadness over the devastation caused by the Category Five storm, and the Clinton Foundation’s willingness to assist The Bahamas in its recovery efforts.
Dr Minnis highlighted the need for temporary housing for residents who lost their homes during the storm, the need for assistance with storm debris clean-up and power generation to essential services on islands affected by Hurricane Dorian.
Both Dr Minnis and Mr Clinton emphasised the importance of rebuilding the storm affected areas with resilience, given the impact of climate change on small island developing states such as The Bahamas.
Mr Clinton noted that the Clinton Foundation would hold a special session on the Bahamas during one of its upcoming meetings.
Mr Clinton also referred to the foundation’s experience in working on relief efforts following the magnitude seven earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, and Hurricane Maria that caused catastrophic destruction to Puerto Rico two years ago.
Dr Minnis thanked Mr Clinton for his call and the continued support of the Clinton Foundation.