Brazil donates funds for humanitarian assistance to CARICOM countries

Bridgetown, Barbados, October 7, 2007, (CDEMA) - US$562, 600 was donated by the Government of Brazil to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) today. The funding will support Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) management and humanitarian assistance in CARICOM member states.

Speaking at the signing ceremony Ambassador Acquarone of Brazil, said the agreement is a demonstration of putting in practical terms (Brazil’s) intention to cooperate with CDEMA.

Jeremy Collymore, CDEMA’s Executive Director expressed his gratitude to the Government of Brazil, observing that the agreement “represents for CARICOM, a strong commitment to the advancing of south-south cooperation especially in the region of the Americas.”Mr. Jeremy Collymore, Executive Director, CDEMA and Ambassador Acquarone sign the agreement

The grant will support several initiatives in the CARICOM region, including drought monitoring, knowledge sharing in DRR areas such as risk insurance for domestic farmers, information and communication technology application in disaster management and strengthening school’s safety infrastructure, all within the framework of food sovereignty. The funds will be disbursed to CDEMA through the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

Collymore said that “CDEMA will be collaborating closely with partners and international organizations to ensure the best sustainable outcomes of these cooperation resources… and in most cases the resources will facilitate the piloting or adaptation of good practices.”

Judy Thomas, the Director of the Department of Emergency Management thanked the Government of Brazil on behalf of the 18 CDEMA Participating States and was pleased to note that funds would be directed to retrofitting of schools.

The signing ceremony was held at the CDEMA Headquarters in Barbados. Representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the Caribbean Institute of Hydrology and Meteorology were among those in attendance. Ms Judy Thomas, Director,  Department of Emergency Management, Barbados,  looks on as  Mr. Jeremy Collymore, Executive Director, CDEMA and Ambassador Acquarone sign the agreement ceremony

Mrs. Sharon Layne-Augustine,
Senior Programme Officer, Office of the Executive Director
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency
Building #1, Manor Lodge
Lodge Hill, St. Michael, Barbados
Tel. No. (246)-425-0386; Fax No. (246)-425-8854
E-mail: sharon.l-augustine

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