November 23, 2020
The Hon. Iram Lewis, Minister of State for the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management & Reconstruction, has accepted an invitation to be one of three keynote speakers at a Virtual Conference on Risk Management scheduled for Thursday 19th November 2020.
The Conference is being organized by the Caribbean Risk Management Academy (CRMA) under the theme: Risk Management 4.0 - Constructively Disrupting Caribbean Economies for a Sustainable Future.
Minister Lewis will address the topic: “Future Proofing for the Next Disaster”, between 9:45 am to 10:15 am. He will also participate in a Panel Discussion on “Imperatives for Risk Management Success: Risk Management, Governance and Leadership”, between 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm. (Local times).
Minister Lewis underscored the importance of The Bahamas’ participation in this Conference, and the creation of the Ministry for Disaster Preparedness, Management & Reconstruction and the Disaster Reconstruction Authority to give focused attention to the full cycle of disaster management.
“The focus is to have polices implemented so that comprehensive disaster management systems are in place being cognizant of the risk that we face particularly given the phenomena associated with climate change. There needs to be action plans, with all of government and community involvement.”
He added, “So, having this viewed from a policy perspective and also having fellow member-states implementing similar policies so that we will have consistency across the board because when one nation is impacted, all of us are affected”.