Cuba will continue to share disaster management support and strategies against climate change with its Caribbean neighbors, a senior official confirmed Monday.
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In the presence of representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Belize and Grenada, Cuba offered the promise of continued support for disaster prevention strategies.
"Cuban cooperation is unconditional and they can always count on it," America Santos Rivera, Cuba's deputy minister of Science, Technology and Environment, CITMA, told the delegation.
Santos said the most important factor in targeting a country's vulnerabilities is preparation, knowledge and communication between the government and communities.
"I think the most important thing is to check in each meeting how much we have advanced, what has been assimilated, what kind of skills are being learned and how we can apply them. That will help to define the international projections, what to do in each country and others," Santos said.
The minister said CITMA had supported over 300 Cuban experts in their research endeavors into the island’s weaknesses and potentially dangerous areas while developing reactive responses to every situation.
This is CITMA's third and final regional workshop dedicated to the sharing of disaster management strategies. The meeting will continue until Friday and the delegation will be joined by members of the Caribbean Community, or Caricom, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.
The idea was first proposed in 2014 in Havana by Cuban President Raul Castro.