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Business continuity focus

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

A RECENT survey revealed that in Fiji one in four businesses did not survive after a disaster.

Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council (FBDRC) vice chairperson Leonard Chan said the council was formed after the devastating effects of Severe TC Winston to look after businesses in the country.

Mr Chan said the impact of Severe TC Winston not only left its mark on the community but also the small and medium size businesses locally.

"Through the recent Business Continuity Plan workshop in Labasa they hope to build the resilience of the local businesses as they are the major contributors to the local economy and strengthen their Business Continuity Plan," he said.

"The training provides Business Continuity Plan (BCP) training to its members by first training trainers in BCP from within the private sector, who will then train others within their company, supply chain, sector, and more generally.

"As opposed to a one-off training session, the training of trainers will ensure sustainability of the program and capture a larger number of small and medium-sized enterprises and will be of interest to large business operators to ensure the continuity of their supply chains."

Workshop trainer Hazel Kirkham said there was a lot of talk about business resilience and planning for disasters.

"The establishment of the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council 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," she said.

"The training brings together what the council and FCEF wants to achieve with Fiji businesses on the disaster ready business toolkit."

A fruitful partnership between the FCEF, FBDRC and the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization (PIPSO), has enabled 20 individuals from the Northern Division to gain valuable skills in disaster risk resilience.

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