24.1 C
Basseterre
Monday, October 26, 2020
Home News Regional News CDEMA Welcomes Cayman Islands As 19th Member

CDEMA Welcomes Cayman Islands As 19th Member

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Cayman Islands has become the 19th Participating State of the Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), with official admission effective September 1, 2020.

In a statement on Friday, CDEMA said the final decision was made at the fifth Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of CDEMA in August, during which the ministers unanimously agreed to admit the British Overseas territory to membership of the regional body.

“On behalf of the council of ministers of CDEMA, I welcome the Cayman Islands to the CDEMA family. It is significant that this admission takes place on the 29th anniversary of the agency’s establishment as it reflects the continued maturity of the organisation and underscores the strong bonds between the CDEMA system and the Government of the United Kingdom,” said chairman of the Council of Ministers, Vincent Bryon.

In response, the premier of the Cayman Islands, Alden McLaughlin, said he was thankful for the opportunity.

“It is a pleasure to become an official member of CDEMA as we have worked together over the years in providing hurricane relief for other Caribbean countries in the aftermaths of disasters. All of us who have been through devastating storms know that it is vital that relief efforts are coordinated. I look forward to a close and productive relationship between CDEMA and the Cayman Islands Government in the future.”

For his part, the territory’s Minister of Home Affairs, Tara Rivers said the membership will help “to formalise Cayman’s commitment to our Caribbean neighbours while building our own resilience through access to pooled resources as well as shared training and support capabilities”.

And in welcoming the new participating state, CDEMA’s acting Executive Director Elizabeth Riley said that the expansion of the geographical coverage of CDEMA to include the Cayman Islands reiterates the common vulnerability of Caribbean States to multiple hazards.

“More importantly, it underscores the value of working together with common purpose to build resilience to hazards. The CDEMA Coordinating Unit looks forward to serving the Cayman Islands”,” said Riley.

 

Most Popular

Nevis Jnr. Health Minister Brandy-Williams Delivers Address to Mark Breast Cancer Awareness Day

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS -- The following is an address by Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, Junior Minister of Health and Gender Affairs in the Nevis Island...

Preparatory Work at Nevis’ Vance W. Amory Int’l Airport on Track For Border Reopening

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS -- The preparatory work being done at the Vance W. Amory International Airport in Nevis will be completed in time for...

IMF: COVID-19 Hit To Caribbean Similar To ‘Cardiac Arrest’

(Trinidad Guardian) The authors argued that since the Caribbean countries are dependent on tourism for anywhere between 20 to 90 percent of GDP and...

The Rotary Club of Liamuiga Marks Historic Progress Toward a Polio-Free World While Urging the Community to Help End the Paralyzing Disease

Basseterre, St. Kitts — Rotary members in St. Kitts and Nevis are taking action on World Polio Day to raise awareness and support to...

Appeal Court Overturns Judge’s TTFA Ruling

(Trinidad Guardian) FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been given the green light to retake control of the T&T Football Association (TTFA). Delivering a judgement during...

Search Continues For Teen After Landslide Flattens House, Kills Father

(Jamaica Observer) Efforts to find 15-year-old Sanique Leachman, who is suspected to have died after a major landslide in Shooter's Hill, Bull Bay, St...

AstraZeneca, J&J Resuming US Tests of COVID-19 Vaccines

(AP) Two drugmakers announced Friday the resumption of U.S. testing of their COVID-19 vaccine candidates. Testing of AstraZeneca’s vaccine candidate had been halted since early...

Prominent SKN Attorneys Call For End To The “Death Penalty”

By Devonne Cornelius St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) — The Abolition of the Death Penalty in St. Kitts and Nevis, and the wider Caribbean region,...

Sun Island Clothes Cements Its Relationship With The Explorers Clubs

Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 23, 2020 (RSCNPF): The Sun Island Clothes Limited has once again shown its support for the Explorers Clubs, but this...

Cuba Says US Trade Embargo Cost More Than $5B Last Year

(Reuters) HAVANA, Cuba--Cuba on Thursday said the decades-old US trade embargo, tightened under President Donald Trump, cost it a record total of more than...

OPEN IN NEW WINDOW

Contact a Program
If you are interested in a program or advertising, send us a message.
Send Message
Signup for our Newsletter
We'll only be in touch when we've something exciting to share.
We never share your details
No thanks
Subscribe