CDEMA to improve disaster response with new procurement procedures

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), with support from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), has developed, and will implement new procurement and contract management procedures to facilitate a more streamlined and efficient use of their resource pool, including disaster management funds.

After conducting a routine assessment of its operations, geared toward the continual improvement of financial management practices, a number of recommendations for improving the Unit’s procurement system were identified. Updating the existing procurement manual to address gaps related to procurement and contract management was among the suggestions.

CDB’s support included providing training and financing consultancy services to prepare a procurement and contract management manual that will act as a practical guide to CDEMA’s staff. The new procurement and contract management framework was presented to participants from 13 of CDEMA’s 18 Participating States on March 7 during a one-day workshop at the Bank.

Douglas Fraser, Head, Procurement, CDB, delivers remarks during the opening session of the meeting. (Photo via CDB)


SG commends Saint Lucia’s leadership in sustainable development

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)      Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has commended Saint Lucia for ensuring that issues related to sustainable development are placed at the forefront of the regional and international agenda.

In a congratulatory message to the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, The Honourable Allen Chastanet, on the occasion of the country’s Thirty-Ninth Anniversary of Independence on Thursday 22 February, Mr LaRocque said:

“Saint Lucia’s efforts at promoting regional integration are most appreciated.  With responsibility for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Disaster Management in the Quasi-cabinet of CARICOM, Saint Lucia is exercising great leadership in ensuring that these issues of vital importance to the Region remain in the forefront of the regional and international agenda.”

He told the Saint Lucian Prime Minister that he was looking forward to partnering with the Government and People of Saint Lucia as they continued their progress towards a viable, sustainable and prosperous country, which would serve to strengthen the wider Caribbean Community.

Japan funding to help women in Guyana, Dominica deal with disasters

The Government of Japan is contributing US$5 million to help rural women in Guyana and Dominica, particularly those engaged in agriculture, withstand the effects of climate change.

At the Ministry of Finance Thursday afternoon, Minister of Finance Winston Jordan signed the project documents with the United Nations Development Programme for the Japan-funded project.

A portion of the US$5 million project will be used in Guyana over the next three years. It is intended to help poor farmers, especially women, to withstand the negative impacts of climate change.

“As such, the project will focus, primarily, on women, whom, perhaps, are the most vulnerable section of the population that is exposed during droughts, floods, hurricanes and other severe weather conditions.

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BVI Gov’t prepares for another possible active hurricane season

The Government of the BVI has initiated a plan to get ready for what may be another active season, according to the preliminary predictions released in December 2017.

According to the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), the commencement of the 2018 hurricane season is just about three months away and residents of the BVI are being asked to utilise this off-season to get their homes and businesses repaired and ready.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from 1st June to 30th November.

Director of DDM, Sharleen DaBreo while speaking about the ongoing preparations being made said that they have commenced a detailed inspection of the Emergency Shelters that were officially designated in 2017 and they are also looking at other facilities that were used during the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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