Sunday 18 November, 2018

T&T, Japan collaborate on disaster preparedness and management

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon exchanges gifts with Chairman of the Special Committee on Disasters of the Republic of Japan to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Kenya Akiba

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon exchanges gifts with Chairman of the Special Committee on Disasters of the Republic of Japan to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Kenya Akiba

Trinidad and Tobago has committed to furthering its relations with Japan, inviting further assistance from Japan to strengthen this country’s disaster management framework via information sharing, particularly as it relates to the development of policies and strategies, training exchanges, post-disaster recovery, strengthening of infrastructure and acquisition of equipment.

The commitment was made at a courtesy call on Thursday between National Security Minister Edmund Dillon and Member of the House of Representatives and Chairman of the Special Committee on Disasters of the Republic of Japan to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Kenya Akiba.

Both parties reiterated their commitment to support and collaborate with each other to make Trinidad and Tobago a safer and more resilient nation against natural disasters.

Minister Dillon welcomed the opportunity to meet with Akiba and his high level team and stated that such collaboration would allow Trinidad and Tobago to benefit from Japan’s expertise in disaster management.

The Government of Japan currently supports disaster management locally by providing disaster management agencies with access to grant assistance.

The Matelot community, which recently experienced severe flooding, was a beneficiary of this arrangement.