Global Resilience & Crisis Manage Centre, A Strategic Implementation for Change – PM Holness

Photo: OPM Photo Prime Minister Andrew Holness speaking at the Global Tourism Resilience Summit of the Americas on Thursday, September 13 at the University of the West Indies, Mona

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  • Prime Minister Andrew Holness has called on leaders in the tourism sector to embrace the move toward disaster resilience management.
  • Speaking at the Global Tourism Resilience Summit of the Americas this morning (Thursday, September 13) at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, Prime Minister Holness noted that building resilience in the tourism sector is crucial to sustainable development.
  • While endorsing the establishment of a Global Resilience and Crisis Management Centre to be housed at the UWI, the Prime Minister highlighted that the goal of the Centre, is to assist destinations in preparedness, management and recovery from crisis that threatens economies.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has called on leaders in the tourism sector to embrace the move toward disaster resilience management.

Speaking at the Global Tourism Resilience Summit of the Americas this morning (Thursday, September 13) at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, Prime Minister Holness noted that building resilience in the tourism sector is crucial to sustainable development.

While endorsing the establishment of a Global Resilience and Crisis Management Centre to be housed at the UWI, the Prime Minister highlighted that the goal of the Centre, is to assist destinations in preparedness, management and recovery from crisis that threatens economies.

“We must embrace the opportunity to show leadership in coherent policies so that we can overcome constraints and seize opportunities” said Prime Minister Holness.

The Prime Minister stated that the establishment of the Global Resilience and Crisis Management Centre is paramount to ensuring coordinated and robust decision making, leading to strategic implementation.

“The decisions that are made must be sound, so that our future is secure, our investment and financing needs are great, and we must make the best use of our finite resources” expressed Prime Minister Holness.

The Global Resilience and Crisis Centre is designed to help vulnerable states to recover quickly from natural disasters.

In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness pointed out that tourists have the greatest adaptive capacity based on spending power, knowledge and perception therefore it is critical for the economy to become resilient and adaptive.

Prime Minister Holness expressed gratitude to the Inter-American Development Bank, The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, The Caribbean Tourism Organization along with several overseas universities which have been instrumental in making the centre a reality and the individuals who have committed to serve on its board.

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