Islamabad: Pakistan and Cuba signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) onThursday to co-operate in the field of Disaster Management. The MOU was signed by Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lieutenant General Omar Mehmood Hayat and Ambassador of Cuba to Pakistan, Mr. Gabriel Tield Copote in a small ceremony here on Wednesday.
The executing agency for implementation of MOU from Pakistan is NDMA while from Cuban side it is General National Staff of the Civil Defense.
Chairman NDMA Lt. Gen Omar Mehmood Hayat while speaking on the occasion termed the signing of MoU as a significant step toward building resilience against disasters and said that this MOU will provide a legal framework for enhancing mutual cooperation between the two countries in the areas of Disaster Management and Risk Mitigation.
He said, “this cooperation is much needed to save precious human lives and economy in both the countries”.
Cuban Ambassador said that through such bilateral cooperation countries can learn from each other new ways of reducing disaster risks to minimize exposures to hazards.
He observed that during peace time management skills of complex disasters and applications of innovative methods of handling them can be shared with each other for capacity building of disaster management professionals.
Both sides expressed strong resolve for continued support and co-operation and to share mutually beneficial experience.
At the end, the Chairman NDMA presented a souvenir to the visiting guest as a token of profound gratitude.