The United Nations Regional Office of Disaster Risk Management in collaboration with the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), held a training session for various Businesses on the subject of Business Continuity and Disaster Risk Reduction planning. According to the Deputy Chief of the Disaster Risk Reduction Office at the UN, the engagement of the Private sector to reduce the risk of disasters is paramount.
The Deputy Chief of the Disaster Risk Reduction office at the UN, Nahuel Arenas, says, his office is here to promote and foster public and private partnerships in disaster risk reduction.
A similar initiative was launched in Dominica, Barbados and the British Virgin Islands in 2017 and recently in Haiti and now St. Lucia.
According to Andrew George, the Program Development Officer at NEMO, the economic losses caused by disasters is growing at a rapid pace.
Attending the Training session were representatives from the Insurance and banking sectors, Cyber Security Officials, Air and Sea Port officials and other organisations which are susceptible to disaster risks. This training session took place at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort on Thursday.