Nepal Preparedness Partnership, the national chapter of Asian Preparedness Partnership, a flagship program of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, with support from BMGF, organized an orientation program on business continuity management for senior government officials and business leaders in Kathmandu on 13th March 2018. The program was hosted by Chaudhary Foundation, a philanthropic wing of the Chaudhary Group, a leading industrial conglomerate in Nepal. The program was attended by more than 40 officials including Joint Secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs Mr. Krishna Bahadur Raut and ADPC Executive Director, Mr Hans Guttman.
The primary objective of the event was to increase understanding and awareness of Business Resilience, particularly Business Continuity Management among the private sector in Nepal. Welcoming the event, General Secretary of FNCCI expressed that private sector businesses have suffered huge losses from disasters in Nepal. The private sector are among the first groups who provide immediate and long term relief and recovery support to the victims of every disaster event. In this context, enhancing the resilience capacity of the businesses of every scale is a top priority.
ADPC’s iPrepare Business Coordinator Ms. Mio Kato presented a brief overview about the Business Continuity Management, its importance and benefit to the private sector. Ms. Kato briefly presented the social and business value that could be added through an efficient business continuity management system. Ms. Rhiza Nerry from Phillipines Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) shared Philippines experiences in bringing together the private sector for coordinated efforts to promote resilience among private and public sector, which also included an Emergency Operations Center, established by the private sector in the Philippines.
The event was also utilized to inform the participants regarding recent changes in Nepal’s institutional and legal arrangements on Disaster Risk Management. Undersecretary of Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr. Chakara Pani Pandey presented about the legal institutional arrangement provisioned by the recently enacted DRR and Management Act 2017 highlighting increased recognition and participation of the private sector in the overall disaster risk management system in Nepal under the Act.
During the discussion, the participants appreciated the importance of such orientation and acknowledged the need of more initiatives towards enhancing the resilience capacity among the private sector. Until now, the focus was more relief-centric by supporting communities after a disaster strikes. However, to support efficiently, the businesses should be able to first sustain themselves. It was acknowledged that a healthy collaboration among all sectors is essential for disaster response. The business leaders expressed their commitment to scale up and rollout the business continuity management processes within their organization.
ADPC’s Executive Director Mr. Hans Guttmann reiterated ADPC’s intention for continual presence in Nepal and its support to the Asian Preparedness Partnership. Finally, Mr. Krishna B. Raut, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs underlined the government’s commitment to include private sector for enhancing resilience of the country.