Training for small businesses

THE US Government will launch Business Continuity Planning Training of Trainers for Small and Medium Enterprises in Labasa on Thursday this week.

A release from the US Embassy said the training was part of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) partnership with the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council and the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation under the USAID Ready project to help Pacific Island Countries become more environmentally and disaster resilient.

“Working in partnership with the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council and the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation USAID Ready will support strengthening the resilience of businesses, particularly small and medium enterprises,” the release said.

“This will be achieved through the delivery of three train-the-trainer trainings covering business continuity planning and business disaster proofing to participants representing small and medium enterprises and local chambers of commerce in 13 locations across Fiji.

“The training in Labasa is the first in these events to be supported by USAID Ready.”

The workshop is expected to be opened by Brett Jones of the USAID/ Pacific Islands who said that the experience of TC Winston has shown that such disasters have a major impact on small and medium enterprises and the economy of as a whole.

Ms Jones said the training would enable small and medium businesses to be better prepared for future events and contributed to the recovery process in their communities.

Meanwhile the release revealed that Fiji’s post-disaster assessments following Cyclone Winston estimated damage and losses to the private sector at $1.5 billion.

The training is also supported by the National Disaster Management Office which will advise participants on government services and disaster management plans for their area.

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