A call to action – end the pandemic in the Caribbean



Wilfred Haper has a small bandage on his arm where he received a covis19 vaccine at La Romaine Health Center on April 10. – PHOTO BY CHEQUANA WHEELER

On April 28, the TT Chamber of Commerce and Industry, along with the Caribbean Chambers of Commerce (Caricham) and the Caricom Private Sector Organization (Cpso) will partner with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) for a webinar Virtual – Call to Action: The ICC Campaign to End the Caribbean Pandemic.

The ICC campaign is a global initiative executed through its national committees that seeks to advance measures to accelerate the exit from the crisis. The TT Chamber has been a member of the ICC for more than two decades.

In its February 2021 CCI Global Vaccine Campaign – End the Global Pandemic, the CCI notes that “… studies have shown that effective testing and verification systems have significant untapped potential for restore economic activity and global mobility.

He goes on to say that demand for vaccines is likely to exceed supplies for months to come, “and with the virus spreading faster than ever – it will be vital for governments to use all available tools to reduce transmission. virus. ”

Covid19 has had the effect of worsening an already difficult economic climate in TT and other countries in the region, many of which depend on tourism and related products. The declaration of a pandemic has almost paralyzed certain sectors, and even prompted a number of companies to retreat. The private sector in the region therefore has a vested interest in all measures aimed at pulling our country out of the pandemic and aligning with global efforts. According to the ICC, “… a growing body of evidence shows the critical role companies will need to play in responding to public anxiety about new vaccines – particularly, as a trusted provider of information, advice and practical solutions. ”

The campaign builds on the ICC’s access to the covid19 (or ACT accelerator) tools which was launched on April 24, 2020. This aims to accelerate the development of tests, treatments and vaccines and to ensure equitable access to covid19 tools around the world. This was made possible with the support of a global coalition of public, private and multilateral donors.

The April 28 session aims to start the conversation on the role of the private sector in immunization deployment. ICC Secretary General John WH Denton, AO, will deliver opening remarks, while the meeting will be moderated by the current President of Caricham.

Because of the importance of this discussion to the region, we invite Caribbean businesses to join the 90-minute Zoom webinar as we begin to chart the way out of covid19. The discussion will review and advocate for the adoption of the ICC Roadmap for Action. The roadmap is contextual in terms of five major downside risks. These include: leveraging vaccines as a quick fix; vaccine nationalism; production interruptions; trade logistics frictions; and reluctance to immunize.

As a responsible national business organization and member of the ICC, the Chamber believes that the private sector must play a critical role in ensuring effective deployment of vaccinations to the population. This can be seen as a key part of the global cooperation needed to contain the pandemic and bring the region back to economic stability.

The webinar is available free of charge to Chamber members and business representatives across the Caribbean. Join us on April 28 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom to be a part of this critical discussion.

For more information about this session, email [email protected]

Content submitted by the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce

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