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Partnership Benefits Risk Resilience

Partnership Benefits Risk Resilience
Representatives from various local business gathered after two-day workshop on disaster risk resilience at Takia Hotel in Labasa
December 07
09:59 2017

Twenty individuals from the Northern Division had gained valuable skills on a two-day disaster risk resilience workshop. This was through a fruitful partnership between the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF), Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council (FBDRC) and the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO).

It was held at Takia Hotel in Labasa and covered business continuity planning and business disaster proofing to participants which ranged from representatives from Government departments, local Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), private sector and local businesses.

Hazel Kirkham the trainer for the workshop said there was lot of talks about business resilience and planning for disasters.

“The establishment of the FBDRC under FCEF has given a platform for the private sectors role in responding to disasters but also highlighting the need for businesses to be given the skills and knowledge to develop their own disaster plans,” Ms Kirkham said.

She further added that the workshop brought together what the council and FCEF wants to achieve with Fiji businesses on the disaster ready business toolkit.

“The toolkit has been produced for the whole Pacific Islands by partnership of organisations and is being promoted by the PIPSO in its ‘stay open for business’ campaign,” she said.

Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council vice chair Leonard Chan said during a recent survey it was found that one in four businesses do not survive after a disaster.

“The FBDRC was formed after the devastating effects of Tropical Cyclone Winston,” Mr Chan said.

“The impact of the TC Winston not only left its mark on the community but also the small and medium size businesses locally.”

He added that the council hopes that local businesses build on resilience as they are the major contributors to the local economy and strengthen their business continuity plan.

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