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Remarks by Ambassador Candace Bond at Donation Ceremony to TEMA
October 25, 2023


Remarks by Candace Bond
Donation Ceremony of a Field Hospital and an Ambulance to the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA)
Shaw Park Complex
October 24, 10:00 a.m.


Good morning, everyone.

Mr. Allan Stewart (TEMA Director), The Honourable Farley Augustine (Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly), Vice Admiral Holsey, David Greene, representatives from the U.S. Southern Command, members of the media, and all invited guests, thank you for gathering here today as we mark an important moment in the United States’ commitment to humanitarian assistance and disaster response here in Tobago. It is a great privilege to donate an ambulance and field hospital to the Tobago Emergency Management Agency on behalf of the people of the United States of America and U.S. Southern Command. This contribution, valued at nearly 1 million U.S. dollars, symbolizes our enduring partnership and demonstrates the unwavering commitment of the United States to supporting the safety and well-being of our friends and partners in Trinidad and Tobago.

This field hospital and ambulance will enhance Tobago’s emergency response capabilities. The field hospital is specifically designed to provide TEMA the flexibility and capacity to respond swiftly to crises and will provide emergency medical care to those in need. The ambulance will serve as a bridge between life-saving medical care and those who depend on it. Whether in a natural disaster, health emergency, or any unforeseen event, these resources will help save lives, alleviate suffering, and provide support to Tobago’s first responders.

Since arriving here as Ambassador one year ago, I have always cherished my visits to Tobago. It is crucial to our work at the embassy that we build meaningful and lasting relationships with the people of this island. Our work here is extensive. We have collaborated on economic development, climate change, security, and disaster preparedness. This donation represents our continued commitment to supporting Tobago.

I would like to take this opportunity to commend the staff of TEMA who work tirelessly to ensure Tobago is prepared in case of disaster. Your commitment, expertise, and dedication in times of crisis are admirable. We are proud to stand with you and support your efforts. I would also like to thank our U.S. Military Liaison Office who have worked tirelessly alongside TEMA to strengthen Tobago’s ability to respond to emergencies. We look forward to continuing and strengthening this partnership. Thank you.