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Meeting to focus on green business

Filipe Naigulevu
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

REPRESENTATIVES from the private sector, Pacific Island governments and development partners will today converge in Suva focusing on green, resilient businesses in Fiji and the Pacific.

The meet is part of a business breakfast for 2018 hosted by the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) in partnership with the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council (FBDRC) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).

The two-hour business breakfast to be held at Suva's Grand Pacific Hotel (GPH) will hear discussions focused around existing barriers in establishing green businesses and making existing businesses more sustainable, and how these barriers can be reduced and/or overcome.

The initiative is part of the consultation on the design of the Pacific Regional Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Hub — an outcome of Fiji's COP 23 presidency and was announced by COP 23 President and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at COP23 in Bonn, Germany last year.

The meeting is also aimed at identifying opportunities to accelerate investments in green technology and climate change resilience. The outcomes from this breakfast meeting will be considered during the design consultations of the Pacific NDC Hub being held this week.

Fiji businessman and chairperson of the PIPSO Pacific Business Resilience Network (PBRN), Hafiz Khan will be talking about the challenges and opportunities for businesses when it comes to disaster risk management and climate change; and why the PBRN was formed.

"The Pacific Region is at risk of many hazards that can become disasters," Mr Khan said.

"There is a greater need for small vulnerable economies to develop a more resilient private sector capable of responding to these disasters, particularly climate change.

"The PBRN is a platform that recognises the central role that the private sector in the Pacific play in building community resilience, and for their potential contributions to be better utilised during disaster response and recovery."

Other speakers will include Leonard Chan of the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council (FBDRC), Bruce Clay of Clay Energy, Warwick Pleass of Pleass Beverages, and Colin Philp of Leleuvia Island Resort, who will be highlighting green initiatives in their respective businesses, and underlining areas in which businesses need support - from other businesses as well as government and development partners.

The breakfast is expected to be the first of many initiatives to raise awareness and support for green, resilient businesses in Fiji and throughout the Pacific and will provide valuable insight on how Pacific Island countries can better encourage adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and climate and disaster resilient initiatives in their own businesses and in communities.

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