Acting President, Brigadier (Ret’d), Mark Phillips on Monday collected a cheque from the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) to support Guyana’s relief efforts in Haiti which was hit by a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake on August 4.
The cheque valued at G$1,538,000 was addressed to the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), which falls under the purview of the Prime Minister.
GBTI’s Chief Executive Officer (ag) James Foster told the elected Prime Minister, who is serving as acting Head of State, that supporting the relief efforts is important for GBTI, due to its corporate social responsibility. “We have an important role to play in giving back.”
The Acting President said that on behalf of the Government, he was grateful for the support.
He also lauded the effort of the bank and persons who contributed to the fund.
GBTI’s Haiti Disaster Relief Fund is a collective effort between the bank, its employees, and members of the public. Early last month, the Government of Guyana donated US$50,000 (over G$10M) to Haiti with a promise of further support.