Following CARICOM-Mexico Summit – GDF to benefit from disaster response expertise of Mexican Army
Georgetown, Guyana – (March 7, 2018) With an already strong defence cooperation programme with several bilateral partners, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) is now set to benefit from the expertise of the Mexican Army in the area of disaster response and management. This was confirmed (on Wednesday) when President David Granger met with Mexico’s Ambassador to Guyana, Mr. Ivan Robero Sierra Medel. The meeting was held at State House.
The Ambassador said that the move to strengthen military to military relations between the two countries came out of discussions at the CARICOM-Mexico Summit, which was held in Belize in October 2017. Upon the invitation of the Mexican Army, two GDF officers are to be identified to be part of a four-month training programme, which is scheduled to commence later this month at the National Defence College in Mexico City.
The Mexican Army has over 50 years of experience and expertise, particularly in the area of disaster response, an area in which the GDF can benefit significantly. Ambassador Sierra Medel explained that in Mexico, the military has a comprehensive strategy consisting of six pillars to deal with natural disasters. These include: search and rescue, evacuation of at-risk communities, interaction with the population during a crisis, protection of families and securing communities and these are the areas in which the two GDF officers will be trained.
Expressing his appreciation to the Ambassador and the Mexican Government, President Granger said, “I see this as the start of a relationship that we will continue to build on and over time we will be able to develop our own disaster response capabilities.”
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