CARICHAM advocates for public-private partnerships to improve resilience in the Caribbean

The Network of Caribbean Chambers of Commerce (CARICHAM) was represented at the ‘Understanding Risk Management and Risk Financing for Disaster Resilience’ Training of Trainers which was held in Singapore from June 18th to 21st, 2019.

CARICHAM’s representatives were Faron Lawrence, President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry of Commerce (SKNCIC) and Stephen Lander, Vice President of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC).

Other participants at the training activity came from the public and private sectors in CARICOM countries. The two-day session was organized by the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP), the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Global Education and Training Institute (GETI), and Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean (ROAMC).

The seminar included a mix of lectures, technical sessions, and interactive case studies. Discussions revolved around the importance of an integrated, systems-based approach to disaster resilience, and how both Public-Private partnership can reduce vulnerabilities within the sectors.

CARICHAM presented on Engaging the Private Sector for Disaster Resilience, Understanding Private Sector: Business Continuity Importance and Foundational Elements, and Public-Private Partnership for Disaster Resilience. The presentations highlighted how Public-Private Partnerships in Disaster Risk Reduction improve resilience.

Lawrence said that the seminar was quite timely, relevant and effective.

“Representatives from the Public Sector welcomed and appreciated the input of the Private Sector Representatives and there were clear understandings and acceptance that with both sectors working together on disaster risk management and resilience can improve exponentially in our region,” he stated.

Lander added, “the session underscored the importance of preparedness, even for those risk events that are unlikely or unexpected. Singapore is a striking example, having established a robust disaster management plan although the frequency of disasters there is relatively low.”

Participants welcomed the opportunity to exchange views on disaster management strategies and challenges in their home countries, and how improved collaboration among stakeholders can take place to strengthen the former.

CARICHAM is a network of 18 Chambers of Commerce in the Caribbean who with the aim to advocate and create enhanced value for members of the respective chambers; to reduce the risk of Members and their countries to disasters; share knowledge and best practices among the network; and to enhance transportation, trade facilitation, and promotion.

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5 Comments

  1. July 11, 2019

    These things will only be achieved when we get rid of ALL corrupt Caribbean politicians just like they did in Singapore.

  2. aceejay
    July 10, 2019

    It is obvious that those from CARICOM who went on this mini-vacation are not abreast with what the regional private sector has been championing for decades. This public/private sector partnership DOES NOT WORK IN THE REGION because the “partners” do not trust each other. But again, what do you expect when the DAIC CEO is nothing more than a Secretary?

  3. aceejay
    July 10, 2019

    DAIC is just “talk” and nothing more. Why isn’t one of the BIG business people heading the DAIC? Why does every former DAIC President take a back-seat on demitting office? What is DAIC’s claim to fame? Why did manufacturers create their own association although the “I” in DAIC stands for Industry”?

  4. time has told
    July 8, 2019

    The government usually like to be in bed with those who dont really need the help. yes “they have helped” many small businesses by giving a few thousands here and there but no accountability has been done. reducing taxes is also a help especially on imports.

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