SOMETHING ROTTEN IN LOWER ESTATE? NAH, IT’S JUST THE NEW REGIONAL TRAINING CENTRE FOR CDEMA, BUT “SSH, LET’S PRETEND IT AIN’T THERE…”
Barbados and other member states that fall under the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s (CDEMA) umbrella can now benefit from specialised training in areas related to disaster management.
Speaking at the official opening ceremony, Executive Director of CDEMA, Ronald Jackson, said the Regional Training Centre, would focus its efforts primarily on the delivery of standardised training. This, he explained, included training in core areas such as Emergency Operations; Contingency Planning; Disaster Risk Management (an introductory programme) and Programme Development and Management for Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM).
Mr. Jackson added that the Regional Training Centre would also contribute to some of the outcomes outlined in the Comprehensive Disaster Management Strategy 2014 to 2024, which spoke directly to strengthening institutional arrangements for CDM in the region.
Mr. Jackson noted that since its inception, CDEMA had pursued a policy of collaboration with national, regional and international organisations towards the realisation of a safer, more resilient region.
Meanwhile? The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is “bleeding“, and facing difficulties in paying its day-to-day bills.
He was speaking at the official opening of the new CDEMA headquarters, Regional Training Centre, Regional Coordination Centre and warehouse at Resilience Way, Lower Estate, St. Michael.
“I want to encourage my colleagues in the region to ensure that we are able to financially support CDEMA and its activities,” he said.
He warned that the region could not signal that it was independent without looking within itself to ensure that it could do more within its people.
The Minister called on regional partners who had not yet paid their annual subscriptions for 2015 to CDEMA to do so, because there was still work to be done to furnish and outfit the building which was constructed at a cost of US $4 million from the United States Southern Command.
He added that the Regional Coordination Centre symbolised the countries’ collective commitment to disaster preparedness, response and mitigation. “The purpose of this facility is to help save lives, and that is a cause I believe we can all be proud to help support,” he stated. (JRB/BGIS)