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Hazelman: Advocacy, training is vital

Manasa Kalouniviti
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

FIJI Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF) CEO Nesbitt Hazelman says, the key to FCEF taking over the presidency of MBA4 Climate is advocacy and training.

"For a lot of our members in the private sector, they don't want to hear about issues like business continuity plans; and when they are faced with the aftermath of a natural disaster they really don't know what to do," he said.

Mr Hazelman said they had to keep to their training, not only training the trainers, but training as many people as much as possible.

"And also taking this sort of learning to the industry; so first and foremost it is advocacy and getting people well trained on the business plans should natural disasters strike," Mr Hazelman said.

Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council (FBDRC) deputy chair and FCEF board member Leonard Chan said the other thing was to have trainers out there on the field who could actually take the work of the council further.

"Through the surveys done by the council last year, we found that around 85 per cent of businesses in Fiji do not have a business continuity plan and in addition we noticed that one out of four businesses do not actually reopen right after a natural disaster strikes," Mr Chan said.

He said the work of the FBDRC has been acknowledged by Government and different stakeholders and with that we were able to launch the Pacific Resilient Network Council in July last year.

"And through this we will be able use this channel to advocate this further into the Pacific region. The Pacific Resilient Network Council will become the global voice for the council and the federation," he said.

Mr Hazelman said all the industry sectors would need to be involved.

"We have formed clusters within sectors to be able to communicate better in times of natural disasters. We have to develop all these clusters around business disaster risk; this assists us in mobilising them in a more effective and efficient manner," Mr Hazelman said.

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