Barbados Government Information Service – Following the signing of a land agreement with the World Food Programme (WFP) last Friday, the WFP held a ground breaking ceremony today at the site where its Caribbean Regional Logistics Hub and Centre of Excellence in Barbados would be located.

Addressing the ceremony at Perimeter Road, Christ Church, Minister of Home Affairs and Information, Wilfred Abrahams, whose Ministry was instrumental in coordinating the details on behalf of the Government of Barbados, expressed gratitude to those who brought it to this stage.

He noted that the establishment of the facility was being made possible through a collaborative partnership between the United Nations World Food Program, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management (CDEMA), and the Government of Barbados.

Minister Abrahams stated: “This facility will be the first of its kind in the region and will serve as a central location for the facilitation of coordinated efforts and responses in the event of emergencies [and] natural disasters.

The facility is a welcome addition for Barbados and the Caribbean region and will provide appropriate warehousing and training solutions focusing on the enhancement of the Caribbean’s emergency preparedness and response mechanisms.”

He added that its establishment would also be of great benefit to Small Island Developing States like Barbados, not only enhancing emergency response efforts but ensuring “a more proactive approach to disaster preparedness and response”.

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Cover photo credit: CDEMA