Madame Chair, thank you for the introductory remarks.

The Honorable Minister Adriel Braithwaite, Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs and representative of the CDEMA Council of Ministers, Ms. Gayle Francis-Vaughan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ms. Judy Thomas, Director Department of Emergency Management, Honorable Dennis Kellman, Minister of Housing Lands and Rural Development, Dr the Honourable Dennis Lowe, Ministry of Environment and Drainage, Deputy Governor Stanley Reid, Anguilla; Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Heads of National Institutions, Permanent Secretaries and other Senior Government Officials, Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen

Honorable Minister Adriel Braithwaite, Minister of Home Affairs and representative of the CDEMA Council of Ministers, Head of National Institutions, Delegates of the Technical Advisory Committee of CDEMA, I am pleased to welcome you to this our fifth meeting. Your attendance and participation is of great import to the CDEMA Governance process furthermore this forum provides an opportunity to contribute to the important decisions that are made regarding the work of the Agency and the Regional Programming. Click here for full remarks.


Ladies and Gentlemen, first, allow me to bring greetings on behalf of Mr. Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of CDEMA to this the Opening Ceremony of the Regional Code of Practice for the Construction of Houses Course here at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic. I wish to extend thanks to the Principal, Mr. Hector Belle, for inviting CDEMA to be a part of today’s opening.

The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) is a day to recognise the efforts of communities worldwide to reduce their risk to disasters and to raise awareness about the importance of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). This year, the theme for IDDR Day “Disability and Disasters - A Not So Obvious Conversation” focuses on how persons with disabilities are uniquely impacted by disasters.

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