Feliks Tsolakyan Met the Representatives of the World Bank

16:13 / 21.10.2019

On October 21 Minister Feliks Tsolakyan had a meeting with the World Bank team arrived Armenia for the mission of rendering technical support to “Disaster Risk Management National Program”. Tafadzwa Dube, Head of the working group, Disaster Risk Management Sepcialist, Adam McCalister, Senior Advisor of Disaster Risk Management, Nora Mirzoyan, WB Project Coordinator, Infrastructure Consultant were involved in the delegation.

Minister Feliks Tsolakyan welcomed the guests and highly assessed MES-World Bank partnership, particularly highlighted the already implemented joint projects.

MES and World Bank have already got a cooperation attempt in Hydromet and Seismic fields.

Training cources of the workers were held in Hydromet Service in the framework of “Disaster Risk Management National Program” supported by the World Bank.

In 2016-2018 a new 1: 500000 scale map of probable seismic hazard assessment of the RA territory was formed by the International Consortium with financial and technical support of the World Bank. The interdepartmental working group created by the MES Minister’s order was involved in the implementation activities of the map. The example of that new map was provided to the State Urban Development Committee, too.

Modernized maps of seismic rotation of the RA territory were formed and represented by the Consortium for various periods of earthquake repetition and various probabilities of magnitude, which serves as a scientific and informational basis for reviewing and updating national seismic construction norms.

Feliks Tsolakyan highlighted the development of disaster risk assessment and prevention capabilities. The cooperation with the World Bank should be focused on this too.

Speakers exchanged ideas on the condition of the buildings and staff preparedness, as well as Rescue Service capabilities.

Minister Tsolakyan noted that 32 of 64 fire and rescue squads were already in the phase of reconstruction and modernization.

Minister Tsolakyan spoke about the lack of fire and rescue squads, as well. According to the studies, for example in Yerevan instead of 12 fire and rescue squads minimum 20 are necessary for proper service of the city.

Tafadzwa Dube, Head of the working group, Disaster Risk Management Specialist highly appreciated the cooperation with the Ministry of Emergency Situations, too. Tafadzw Dube expressed his willingness to represent professional conclusion in MES needs and support the solution of the problems in the long run as much as possible in spring after the World Bank studies.

The aim of the World Bank Mission is to implement preliminary assessment of the national capabilities of the operative preparedness and respond in emergency situation, inventory of the programs and policies relating extremely important infrastructures, as well as to agree on technical assessment of the important structures and response to emergency situations.

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