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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 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.
The FBDRC dealt with COVID-19 and a cyclone in 2020. In December 2020, Fiji was hit by category 5 Tropical Cyclone Yasa. As part of its preparedness measures, FBDRC formed a Viber messaging group for the council and other members of the FCEF for easy communication. It sent updates and helped disseminate severe weather bulletins and announcements from the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and the Fiji Meteorological Service. FBDRC held meetings with NDMO and joined their regular briefings to provide updates on the status of FBDRC members.
FBDRC also conducted business continuity plan training with USAID Climate Ready in Levuka in January 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic brought severe disruptions to SMEs in Levuka and raised concerns among them. This workshop responded by disseminating information on disaster awareness and preparedness and providing solutions to help overcome the ongoing impacts of the pandemic on businesses.