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OAS and Amazon Web Services to Collaborate in Building Disaster Resilience Efforts

  September 21, 2018

OAS and Amazon Web Services to Collaborate in Building Disaster Resilience Efforts
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The Organization of American States (OAS) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) agreed to expand their mutual collaboration to include efforts to help OAS member states mitigate and address the impact of disasters in the Americas.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro and the AWS General Manager & Regional Head of Latin America, Canada & Caribbean, Jeff Kratz, today signed a sponsorship agreement that seeks to implement activities destined to help countries with disaster prevention, resiliency and relief collaboration. Specifically the agreement includes the preparation and publication of white papers, workshops and webinars, and access to AWS Disaster Response Program, which may include volunteer deployment, technical assistance and cloud computing credits post-disaster.

“I believe that the OAS must continue to broaden its outreach with the private sector, especially in this critical area of disaster resilience. We know from hard and often painful experience that disasters have multiple impacts. They can disrupt development. And as we know, development is not the business of governments alone. Businesses are key partners in the development process”, said the OAS Secretary General at the signing ceremony.

“One of the core elements of government is to protect the safety of citizens and through this agreement we will proactively be building on the longstanding relationship that we have with the OAS to assist governments, not only with the latest technology that is out there, but also to deliver the best services and to share best practices to empower them to implement their IT modernization plans,” Kratz.

This is the second such partnership agreement that the OAS is entering into with Amazon Web Services, following an agreement on cybersecurity signed a year ago.

Reference: FNE-95008