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  the United States Government, in partnership with the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council and the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation, launched its first business continuity planning at Takia Hotel
02 Dec 2017 16:31
US supports SMEs
From Right: United States Agency for International Development and Pacific Islands representative Brett Jones, Chief of Party, USAID Climate Ready chief of party Lee Baker, Breadfruit Consulting principal partner Hazel Kirkham, Commissioner Northern acting divisional planning officer Nicholas Ting and Kontiki Finance head of business support Mike Worsp gathered during the launching of first business continuity planning at Takia Hotel in Labasa on November 30, 2017. Photo: Shratika Naidu

 

the United States Government, in partnership with the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council and the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation, launched its first business continuity planning at Takia Hotel in Labasa yesterday.

20 participants from various business houses around Northern Division were the first to attend this train for trainers.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Pacific Islands representative Brett Jones said this programme will be rolled out in 11 other business communities to help Fiji be better prepared for natural disasters.

“The skills covered in this training will be critical for small and medium enterprises to disaster proof their business against future disasters,” Ms Jones aid.

“Evidence worldwide suggests that by having a business continuity plan businesses are more likely to adapt, survive and thrive when disaster strikes.

The training is part of the USAID’s Ready project, which is strengthening the environmental

and disaster resilience of Pacific island nations.”

She said natural disasters have a major impact on Fiji’s businesses and the economy as a whole.

Ms Jones further elaborated that according to the Fiji Government’s post-disaster assessments, Tropical Cyclone Winston caused FJD$1.99 billion in damages and losses in total.”

She said through this two days training, the participants will learn about business continuity planning, the role of first responders, and how climate variability affects businesses.

They will also learn about Government services and disaster management plans.

“These measures not only help businesses better prepare for disasters, but also position them to effectively contribute to recovery efforts,” she said.

“Following the training program, which will also be implemented in Suva later this month, participants will be certified to mentor other businesses and private sector organizations across the country.”

Feedback:  shratika.naidu@fijisun.com.fj




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