The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Wednesday announced it had entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the US-based Esri, which describes itself as the global leader in location intelligence.

A statement by the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat said that under the agreement, Esri software will help CARICOM develop a foundational geospatial information platform so it can better understand and solve societal problems related to the region’s economy, sustainability, and quality of life, as well as manage and respond to disasters.

CARICOM that the region is particularly susceptible to natural disasters, and many of the member states have been severely impacted by hurricanes in the last two years. It said some of the countries have suffered major socio-economic impacts, and also face challenges related to understanding where services need to be established to aid citizens.



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