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Lessons From TC Winston Operations Reviewed

It is critical that we get together to review and discuss the lessons learned during the Tropical Cyclone Winston Operations, says Assistant Minister for National Disaster Management Joeli Cawaki. Mr
27 Jul 2016 08:21
Lessons From TC Winston Operations Reviewed

It is critical that we get together to review and discuss the lessons learned during the Tropical Cyclone Winston Operations, says Assistant Minister for National Disaster Management Joeli Cawaki.

Mr Cawaki made these remarks while opening the Tropical Cyclone Winston National Lessons Learned Workshop at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay Hotel Convention Centre yesterday.

The two-day workshop, attended by various stakeholders involved in the TC Winston Operation, is focused on understanding what worked well and the challenges faced during the operation.

“Majority of us attending this workshop have worked tirelessly during the emergency period of TC Winston for 60 days and more to assist victims,” Mr Cawaki said.

“I therefore acknowledge all your commitment, your dedication and hard work, and thank you very much indeed.”

Mr Cawaki said while the effectiveness of Fiji’s overall response had been praised by our development partners, they realised that they could improve and do better next time round.

Mr Cawaki also acknowledged the kind assistance of the European Union for funding the workshop under the Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific project (BSRP) implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC).

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has also co-partnered the workshop with a funding of $37,000.

Head of the Co-operation of the European Union Delegation for the Pacific Christopher Wagner said they supported the workshop as it would lead to real and tangible outcomes to make Fiji stronger to disaster in the future.

“The EU has reserved 23 million EURO (more than FJ$50m) to support Fiji in the recovery for the impact of Tropical Cyclone Winston,” he said.

Mr Wagner also reiterated the EU’s commitment to help Fiji become more resilient to natural disasters.

“We are proud to be working as a strategic partner with the Fijian Government to make meaningful strides in creating a more resilient and responsive country to these types of hazards.”

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