Southeast Asia and South Asia are two of the most disaster-prone regions in the world. In particular, a rise of the adverse impacts of climate change, the regions are more exposed to hydrological hazards and their potential impacts. The business sector is significantly affected by increased exposure to disaster risks and at the same time frequently bear the brunt of catastrophic events in terms of damage and losses as evidenced in recent mega disasters in the regions, including the 2011 floods in Thailand, the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Risk projections indicate there is a substantial increase in economic losses due to floods, in many regions including South and South-East Asia.
Since the business sector is the primary source of employment, job creator, purveyor of products and services and collectively constitutes one of the largest investors in Asia, business resilience is more and more crucial to build overall resilient communities and society. Therefore, it is paramount that the business sector should be included as part of multi-stakeholder platforms and partnerships.
With this regards, private sector networks were invited to conglomerate with the government and the local humanitarian networks in six countries in Asia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka, to come together to form the Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP) for strengthening the capacity on preparedness for emergency response in Asia.
The APP was formed under the program “Strengthening Capacity of Government, Local Humanitarian Organizations and the Private Sector on Preparedness for Response in Asia”, which is being implemented by ADPC in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). This partnership will strive to improve the interface and partnership between Government, Local Humanitarian Organizations and Private Sector for enhancing capacities through partnerships, knowledge resources, training, and networking opportunities.
One of the first major activities, under the APP program, was to undertake Country Specific Baseline Assessment studies to understand the current context and engagement of government, UN agencies, INGOs, local NGOs, Civil Society Organizations, Media, academic institutions and the Private Sector in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response. On basis of the results of the baseline assessments; strategic roadmap for strengthening the preparedness to emergency response and institutional leadership capacity that the country needs in order to streamline the responses and early recovery.
With this consideration, the representatives of the private sector network of the 6 APP program countries have been invited for consultations regarding better engagement of the private sector in the future planning of activities to be implemented as well as their inputs to develop the strategic roadmaps for each country.
Objectives of the meeting:
- Engaging the private sector network in the planning of national and regional level activities for APP.
- Incorporating the inputs and recommendations by the private sector into the strategic roadmaps developed for countries.
 EM-DAT(2017). The International Disaster Database: Country Profile. http://emdat.be/emdat_db/
 ESCAP ( 2017) Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2017: Disaster Resilience for Sustainable Development.