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Hon Vincent Byron Elected as Chairman of CDEMA
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St. Kitts and Nevis’ Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs Hon Vincent Byron has recently been elected as Chairman of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) for the biennial period of 2020 to 2021. His elevation to the role occurred during a virtual meeting of the Council of Ministers held via Zoom over the two-day period of 26th June and 3rd July 2020. This was the 10th Annual Ordinary Session of the Council.
Attorney General Byron is Chairman of the National Disaster Mitigation Council of St. Kitts and Nevis. The Council is made up of departments across government and works with National Emergency Management Agency to provide leadership in relation to disaster mitigation in the Federation.
The CDEMA meeting discussed the leadership role of the Agency in the domestic and regional response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Special acknowledgement was given in regard to the coordination of a relief supplies hub for the region.
The Council also took cognizance of the need for active surveillance, testing, contact tracing and observance of safety protocols amongst the population; in light of the continuing risk of imported cases of the virus. It also emphasized the overarching goal of minimizing new infections at a time when restrictions are being lifted in the various countries.
CDEMA is a regional inter-governmental agency for disaster management in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Its highest decision-making body is the Council of Ministers which is made up of the heads of government or their nominees representing the respective member states of CARICOM.
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