The Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC) is gearing up to partner with Jordan on a major climate change initiative next year. The initiative was announced by Minister of Tourism and Co-Chair of the GTRCMC, Edmund Bartlett. The partnership will be spearheaded between Talal Abu-Ghazeleh Global and the Centre.
“In my discussion with founder and Chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazeleh, H.E Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, we looked at the ways for addressing disruptions such as climate change through resilience, digitisation and transformation. This initiative is very important as Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean is vulnerable to climate change as seen through hurricanes and even volcanic eruptions like what we saw recently in St Vincent and the Grenadines,” said Bartlett.
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh is the chairman and founder of the international Jordan-based organisation, the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org).
At the meeting, Dr Abu-Ghazaleh and Bartlett also discussed opportunities for cooperation through building capacity to face one the greatest threats to humanity by creating a global network to handle this great challenge. Both sides agreed to create a concept paper and a draft summary to start the process.
“A big part of the initiative will zero in on big data and how that will impact trends and the way we do things. We will be looking at the ‘Internet of things’ and how we will be able to capitalise on this data to not only improve our quality of life but our resilience,” added Bartlett.
With headquarters at the University of West Indies, Kingston, the GTRCMC currently has offices in the Caribbean, Africa, and the Mediterranean and affiliates in over 42 countries.
“This partnership with a leading global organisation will indeed build the centre’s capacity in resilience building, especially in an area that Jamaica and the Caribbean is vulnerable,” said Executive Director of the GTRCMC, Profession Lloyd Waller.