November 17, 2022, Islamabad: Chairman NDMA held meeting with US Delegation
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Chairman NDMA held meeting with US Delegation
(November 17, 2022, Islamabad)—US Delegation led by Lieutenant General Patrick D. Frank, Commanding General of US Army Central visited NDMA and held a meeting with Chairman NDMA Lieutenant General, Inam Haider Malik today.
The delegation exchanged aspects of mutual interest in post floods damages’ management in Pakistan and sought insights into areas of future possibilities of engagement and cooperation.
Chairman NDMA indicated an immediate requirement of developing intellectual and academic forums such as a new National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) and visible presence of NDMA in global and regional platforms and events. He underscored the envisaged areas of technological inputs to enhance capacity and futuristic risk projection by NDMA through newly conceptualized existing National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) and investment in building capacity of national emergency response and preparedness through sharing experience, training and transfer of technology in the field of Disaster Management.
The Chairman hinted at great learning outcomes from management of current floods and NDMA’s planning for new proactive approach to engage all emergency response related stakeholders for national level preparedness of disasters. He also discussed the existing shortfalls in disaster management in Pakistan and emergency response structure.
Chairman NDMA noted that Pakistan ranked seventh amongst the most vulnerable countries to climate change impact and there is a critical requirement to build an AI-based systems. He shared NDMA’s vision to be futuristic, technology enabled entity and globally engaged organization, which is committed for ‘Climate Millennium Goals’ and leading for ‘Climate Reversal Initiatives’. He added that it required US-led international support in completing Pakistan’s held-up national surveys of vulnerable areas.
Commanding Gen, Lt Gen Patrick D. Frank acknowledged Pakistan’s rescue and relief efforts during floods and reassured US Government’s assistance through USAID to continue support for flood affectees. He briefed on working of FEMA; US leading emergency management organization and role of US Military’s Reserved Force in disaster management.
Chairman NDMA thanked the US delegation for visiting Pakistan in critical time and expressed hope to benefit from US experiences in future.
Both sides agreed on shared climate security’s universal applicability of standard protocols and replication of successful management of mitigation templates of developed world during emergencies and crisis.