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Winston Success: Fix Civilian, Military Ties

Winston Success: Fix Civilian, Military Ties
Participants at the Pacific Civil-Military Disaster Response Coordination Workshop at the Grand Pacific Hotel on May 21,2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua
May 22
11:14 2018

We need to ensure that we have proper standard op­erational procedures that outline greater collaboration be­tween civilian and military author­ities in any emergency response and recovery situation.

The comment came from Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Mari­time Development, National Disas­ter Management, and Meteorologi­cal Services Inia Seruiratu.

He was opening the three-day Pacific Civil-Military Disaster Re­sponse Co-ordination workshop to strengthen national and regional co-ordination in disaster prepared­ness, response and recovery at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yester­day.

The workshop is co-hosted by the Fijian and Australian governments.

The participants will learn about the challenges, co-ordination and opportunities, providing and receiv­ing disaster assistance, the roles of non-governmental organisations and Pacific regional and multilat­eral support in preparedness and responses and capacity building.

Mr Seruiratu said during Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016, the Fijian Government was supported by the Australian, New Zealand, French, and Tongan defence forces respec­tively through good co-ordination, troops and relief items, within the quickest possible time to support relief works.

“One of the key messages that Fiji learned from the Tropical Cyclone Winston relief work was that the military actors were able to rapidly scale up the disaster response,” he said.

“It was an institution that support­ed the development of civil-military and police capabilities to prepare for and respond more effectively to disasters.

“This is what we want in the re­gion for countries to have a civil and military taskforce that is able to prepare for and respond to the disaster events both domestically and abroad.

“It is essential that we utilise the skills and experience to design a framework for a regional response and recovery mechanism.

“I am grateful that the Australian Civil Military Centre, is on hand to facilitate the workshop,” Mr Se­ruiratu said.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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