We need an action plan and funding on the scale of the historic Marshall Plan, the multibillion-dollar U.S. program that helped rebuild Western Europe after the ravages of World War II. Sign the petition and call Congress.

By Richard Cutting-Miller

Many of the vibrant Caribbean Islands that international travelers know and love have been decimated by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Entire cities, communities and neighborhoods are gone, and their proud, welcoming residents are scattered in makeshift shelters wondering if destroyed infrastructure, closed businesses and unemployment are the new normal.

These people and their ravaged islands—places they eagerly shared for decades with North Americans and Europeans seeking vacation escapes, picturesque landscapes and family memories—must not be left to fend for themselves in the face of personal and economic devastation.

For the past decade, Resonance Consultancy has worked on many of the islands, collaborating with entrepreneurs, business owners and developers, and advising tourism and government leaders on ways to build economic opportunities and optimize operations today and for the future.

Our knowledge of the islands, as much as our compassion, is leading us to call for an immediate and decisive multi-national effort to rebuild and revitalize the region’s infrastructure and economy: nothing less than a Marshall Plan for the Caribbean.

WE NEED TO REBUILD THE CARIBBEAN

Resonance Consultancy joins a growing chorus of voices calling for a comprehensive plan, including that of Sir Richard Branson; we would suggest that his appeal for a British Virgin Islands Marshall Plan could be enlarged to encompass the broader group of islands and countries impacted by these storms.

What is needed now is a blueprint, an action plan and funding on the scale of the historic Marshall Plan, the multibillion-dollar U.S. program that helped rebuild Western Europe after the ravages of World War II.

The United States, France, Britain, Spain, Holland and other countries have reaped the rewards of their Caribbean territories. It’s time to give back and help rebuild a stronger, more sustainable future for the region. After the rescue and recovery is complete, let’s use this opportunity to empower the Caribbean to withstand future challenges and become an even more attractive place to live, work, play and invest.

We need a Marshall Plan for the Caribbean.

It starts with caring for the people of the Caribbean and prosperity will follow. Let’s begin in the nations whose territories have suffered the most—the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, St. Martin/Maarten, Barbuda, Dominica and others—and rebuild the infrastructure, re-start the economy, re-open businesses, restore jobs, and bring back visitors.

WE HAVE THE BLUEPRINT

Let’s follow the Marshall Plan’s most effective strategies: the relaxation of business regulations to spur economic growth and investment; the local focus on facilitating increased productivity; and reimagined, freer import and export trade. Let’s fully fund reconstruction and redevelopment. Let’s lead the charge.

Now is the time to return the generosity to the people who have given so much, and to the places of the Caribbean that we love so much.

Please join Resonance Consultancy in calling for a Marshall Plan for the Caribbean and sign the petition. We need the United States Administration and Congress to lead and set an example for Europe and other nations to follow.