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World Bank, CABEI, and Inter-American Development Bank extend support for Central America following hurricane

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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2020. 2:38 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Last Friday, President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Mauricio Claver-Carone convened a virtual meeting with leaders and ministers of Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, along with World Bank Group president David Malpass and Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) president Dante Mossi, to update the action plan for helping these countries to deal with the impacts of hurricanes Eta and Iota.

Following the landfall in Central America of a second hurricane in less than two weeks, the IDB has expanded its assistance to the affected countries, in close coordination with multiple national and international authorities.

The IDB says that its response began immediately following Hurricane Eta and has been expanded in light of the damages caused by Hurricane Iota.

In coordination with national authorities, United Nations agencies, the World Bank Group, and CABEI, the IDB say that it is advancing a joint action plan to finance humanitarian assistance and reconstruction works in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, the most severely affected countries. In Panama, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Belize, the plan will finance measures to rehabilitate affected infrastructure.

Caver-Carone announced the creation of a task force to coordinate actions on the ground with governments and aid agencies, attend to immediate needs, support the development of recovery plans and, eventually, carry out resilient reconstruction efforts in each country.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Hurricane Eta affected nearly 3 million people in the seven Central American countries, causing up to $5.5 billion in preliminary estimates of economic damages. To this must be added the impact of Hurricane Iota, which has still not been determined.

The IDB noted that it will support resilient reconstruction in the most affected countries with new resources of up to $1.2 billion, as much as $500 million in reassigned resources from existing operations, and the mobilization of resources from other institutions that work in the region.

“The IDB is totally committed to helping with the recovery and reconstruction of affected countries in Central America. The IDB will lead a historic cooperation effort between governments, multilateral, and the private sector to accelerate the recovery and reconstruction of the region,” said Claver-Carone.

President of the World Bank Group, David Malpass extended sympathies of the loss and suffering of people in Central America.

“We plan to deploy all our expertise and instruments to support your countries, both in the immediate response and in your rebuilding,” Malpass said.

“CABEI welcomes the coordination with the World Bank and the IDB in addressing the resilient reconstruction challenge for Central America, and during this historic meeting with the presidents we agreed to coordinate a common work agenda,” said CABEI president Dante Mossi.

 

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