PR No. 197
Islamabad: February 20, 2020

Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal has been elected as Chair of the Governing Council of Asia and Pacific Centre for Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM). In fourth session of Governing Council of APDIM which was convened in Islamabad on Thursday, elections for the Chair and Vice Chair of the Governing Council were held. Chairman NDMA’s and head of Turkish Disaster Management Agency, AFAD’s names were proposed for the Chair and Vice Chair. All the members of the Governing Council unanimously elected Pakistan as Chair and Turkey as the Vice Chair of APDIM Governing Council. Election of Pakistan to the chair for the Governing Council is in recognition to Pakistan’s immense contributions to disaster risk management and its leadership role in the region for resilience building which is a matter of pride for Pakistan. Lt Gen Afzal on the election to the Chair of Governing Council express gratitude to all members and assured that all efforts would be made to contribute towards strengthening of APDIM and through it the regional partnerships for a common pursuit of a resilient region. He reiterated the importance of regional cooperation in Disaster Risk Reduction. Gen Afzal observed that APDIM had the critical role to play in facilitating disaster risk assessment, disaster risk reduction planning and mainstreaming DRR in development process, without which disaster risk management and resilience building could be difficult to achieve. The session of the Governing Council commenced with the opening statements by the Chairman of APDIM , Dr. Pourmohammadi, Chairman NDMA Pakistan Lt Gen Mohammad Afzal, and Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP. After detailed discussions and presentations on various matters and adoption of agenda points, the session was concluded with a vote of thanks.
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