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CDEMA, CARICAD recommit to capacity building

December 22nd, 2021

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) have renewed their joint commitment to capacity building in the Caribbean.

This with the signing of a memorandum of understanding on December 20th, 2021. The MOU outlines advancement of the Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) blueprint, mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction, technical assistance and development of Strategic Plans as key points of collaboration.

It provides a platform and binding basis for formal agreement, cooperation, and collaboration for joint, supportive action between the agencies in the execution of their respective mandates and outlines the relationship and expected actions between the two.

CDEMA Executive Director, Elizabeth Riley says since the first signing in 2016, the two agencies have collaborated in several capacities over the years, including response to disaster events and strategic planning. She described the signing as a fitting and positive end to a challenging year, noting that for the CDEMA Coordinating Unit, the second MOU constitutes a renewal, extension and expansion of its institutional commitment to this partnership.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of CARICAD Devon Rowe says “this second agreement further strengthens our collaboration and comes at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic and the global response to it have reshaped the thinking of many. The continuation of this MOU offers the opportunity to build on the gains of the past and the forge new solutions for an environment that is evolving in front of our very eyes.”

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