By Demion McTair. Updated 1:19 p.m., Friday, April 23, 2021, Atlantic. Standard Time (GMT-4).
Efforts to raise funds and supplies are ongoing in different parts of the world to help people in St. Vincent and the Grenadines who have been displaced by the ongoing eruption of the La Soufriere volcano.
But, when it comes to raising relief monies on behalf of the country’s government, only authorized entities could do that.
Speaking on Radio on Thursday, the country’s Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says that only State entities and established regional bodies have the approval to collect relief monies on behalf of the government.
These entities include the country’s consulates overseas and regional bodies such as CDEMA and the OECS.
Other entities may raise funds but they cannot say they are raising funds on behalf of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines unless authorized.
He said that only he can grant authorization to other entities to raise monies on the government’s behalf, but that he will not do so.
Hear why in this excerpt: