Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council
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The Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council (FBDRC), hosted by the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF), provides a coordination mechanism for the private sector to engage with the Government and partners on resilience building, response and recovery activities.
- Supports businesses, particularly Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), to strengthen their resilience by providing training, tools and guidelines;
- Integrates the private sector into national disaster management and resilience plans and processes;
- Collectively lobbies for resources for business training and capacity building;
- Provides a single entry point and voice for the private sector on issues relating to disasters and resilience;
- Identifies and engages private sector capacities and resources to respond to emergencies, preposition agreements in preparation for emergencies and match capacities to humanitarian needs before, during and after emergencies.
In early 2021, Fiji had to deal with the consequences of Cyclone Yasa (which had struck the country in December 2020) and Cyclone Ana (which caused extensive flooding and destruction in January 2021), as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. FBDRC partnered with the National Disaster Management Office to help spread awareness messages and support information management.
In addition, in January and February 2021, FBDRC conducted a business continuity plan training with USAID Climate Ready. The workshops helped disseminate information on disaster awareness and preparedness and provide solutions to overcome the ongoing impacts of the pandemic on businesses.