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DDM signs partnership agreement with BVIAA & IABVI

- in its ongoing efforts to further engage stakeholders in disaster risk reduction initiatives to improve resilience in the VI
Governor John S. Duncan OBE (left) and Premier Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith. Photo: VINO
Mr Denniston S. Fraser, Managing Director, signed on the behalf of the BVIAA, Ms Sarah E. Hatcher for the IABVI. Photo: VINO
Mr Denniston S. Fraser, Managing Director, signed on the behalf of the BVIAA, Ms Sarah E. Hatcher for the IABVI. Photo: VINO
Information and Education Manager at DDM Philomena N. Robertson said that the agreement with the BVIAA is an important one for the department as efforts are being made in the BVI to reduce risk and improve resilience. Photo: VINO
Information and Education Manager at DDM Philomena N. Robertson said that the agreement with the BVIAA is an important one for the department as efforts are being made in the BVI to reduce risk and improve resilience. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It was a signature event this morning June 25, 2015 for the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) as it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) and the Insurance Associations of the BVI (IABVI).

The signing ceremony, which was chaired by His Excellency the Governor John S. Duncan, was held at Maria’s by the Sea on Wickham's Cay I. According to Governor Duncan, such agreements are important for the DDM as it formalises partnership arrangements with various stakeholders in the continued pursuit of comprehensive disaster management in the territory.

Mr Denniston S. Fraser, Managing Director of the BVIAA, signed on behalf of the BVIAA, while Ms Sarah E. Hatcher signed for the IABVI and Governor Duncan for NDMC. Present as witnesses were Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith and Deputy Governor Ms V. Inez Archibald.

In his address, Governor Duncan noted that one of the critical aspects of the NDM programme is that of resource mobilisation. “As a government we cannot always provide all resources needed to manage and operate a disaster management programme. We must also look to form partnerships with stakeholders in the private sector locally, regionally and internationally,” he said.

The Governor also said that it is expected that through the MoU/Agreement between the IABVI and the DDM there will be a facilitation of greater incentives for businesses and individuals in the areas of business continuity and protection of properties.

On the part of the BVIAA, the Governor said Mr Fraser has been working with the DDM on a MoU which supports the acquisition of data from weather stations owned by the BVIAA.

Spirit of Cooperation

The agreement with the BVIAA seeks to promote a spirit of cooperation and understanding in the execution of the territory’s disaster management programme; share expertise and skills; strengthen the capacity of both agencies to deliver mutually agreed services; as well as develop an understanding of the terms, conditions and circumstances under which the infrastructure as well as the human, physical and financial resources of the DDM and the collaborating agency may be used in support of each other’s objectives.

The BVIAA and the DDM have had years of collaboration but today’s agreement formalises that commitment to working together.

Information and Education Manager at DDM, Philomena N. Robertson said the agreement with the BVIAA is an important one for the department as efforts are being made in the VI to reduce risk and improve resilience.

“Through this MoU, the DDM and IABVI pledge to work together to promote sustainable insurance as a way to reduce risk, develop innovative solutions, improve business performance, and contribute to the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the territory,” she said.

Both agreements are part of ongoing efforts by the DDM to further engage stakeholders in disaster risk reduction initiatives to improve resilience in the VI.

The agreements are also in keeping with the Comprehensive Disaster Management Strategy and Programming Framework which guides the work of the DDM.

Similar agreements have been signed with the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, BVI Red Cross and the three telecommunications providers in the VI: CCT, Digicel and LIME.

6 Responses to “DDM signs partnership agreement with BVIAA & IABVI ”

  • facts man (25/06/2015, 18:00) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    Wasted paper much to do about nothing
    • cay (25/06/2015, 20:58) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      for real what does this mean again? struppps
    • its called progress (25/06/2015, 21:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are so negative!
      • Wasting time (26/06/2015, 08:10) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        The Premier should be working on health, labour and agriculture. He only wasting time-putting these minor things on the top of his agenda
        • Premier is working (26/06/2015, 09:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          These agreements will lead to 1. collection of data to guide the Agriculture sector - climate change is impacting on agriculture worldwide and it is impacting the Caribbean, including the BVI. Data capture and analysis is extremely important if we are to adapt to the changes in climate 2. A micro insurance feasibility study was completed with the aim of supporting farmers and fishermen. For it to be further developed and implemented we need the insurance partners on board. 3 Health and Insurance are linked very closely. People are vulnerable in many ways and insurance is one form of protection for them in the event of a major disaster. There are many types of incentive programme that can be offered by the insurance providers to support community and individual resiliency 4. The more partnership arrangements we have the more access we have to resources in the event of an emergency and the more awareness we will bring to our people including those in the labour force. The Premier and Governor fully understand the importance of these agreements.
        • d(u.u)b (26/06/2015, 09:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          How is Disaster Management a waste of time?!!! What is wrong with you people. What are you gonna do when a hurricane,tsunami, earthquake etc. knock the place down? Hide under a tree and pray to God? Smh


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