Ba businesses get USAID funded resilience training

BUSINESSS in Ba can now be better prepared for natural disasters through a training program that is expected to be launched soon.


The United States Government, in partnership with the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council and the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation will launch the training event aimed at strengthening environmental and disaster resilience of Pacific Island countries.

The training, which is part of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Ready project, anticipates around 30 participants from small- and medium-sized local businesses. According to a statement from Embassy of the United States of America, these businesses will participate in the two-day training on business continuity planning, the role of first responders, and recovery after disasters.

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.

The training follows the earlier programs held in Labasa in November 2017, Suva in January 2018, and Savusavu in early May 2018, which supported small- and medium-sized enterprises to develop their own business continuity plans.

USAID’s five-year Ready project strengthens the capacity of governments and institutions to develop and implement effective environmental and disaster mitigation policies and strategies. Ready works in 12 Pacific Island countries: Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.