The Bank of Saint Lucia (BOSL) joined the response efforts by partnering with the OECS to mitigate against the possible health impacts that threaten the Region through a US$40,000.00 contribution towards purchasing ventilators.
Acting Managing Director, Mr. Medford Francis was pleased to register the Bank’s commitment to this initiative.
OECS Director General, Dr. Didacus Jules thanked BOSL for their timely support given the current competing global demands for vital equipment. This contribution, he said, will add to the basket of resources available to increase the quantity of equipment and medical supplies to be sourced through the Commission’s pooled procurement.
Dr. Jules gave insight to the Organisation’s track record through its Pharmaceutical Procurement Service: “Our pooled procurement process has enabled us over the past 30 years to source and supply over 800 medicines and a wide range of medical equipment and supplies to the Member States of the OECS.”
The Commission is hopeful for continued support from Private Sector Agencies in this initiative, which will undoubtedly alleviate the health, economic and social impact of COVID-19 on the OECS Region.
Agencies interested in lending regional support to the COVID-19 Response can contact the Development Cooperation and Resource Mobilisation Unit at the OECS, via telephone 1-758-455-6354 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.