ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Private sector invited to play a bigger role to enhance disaster management in ASEAN
Building a disaster-resilient ASEAN with a capability to monitor, anticipate, respond, adapt and build back better, smarter and faster, has always been among ASEAN’s top priorities,” said H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN in his Opening Remarks at the ASEAN Strategic Policy Dialogue on Disaster Management (SPDDM), which was held on 19 August in Singapore. “The private sector, as one of the key stakeholders, plays a vital role in realising the vision of a disaster-resilient ASEAN Community. As disasters have a direct impact on businesses and their customers, it is important that the private sector becomes more involved in disaster management, especially through their business continuity plans as well as innovation to respond to disasters and reduce disaster losses,” he added.
H.E. K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law graced the event and delivered the opening address together with H.E. Willem Rampangilei, Chair of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management. The theme for this year’s SPDDM was: “Change and Innovation: Learning from the Private Sector to Enhance Disaster Management in ASEAN.” The event was aptly held in conjunction with the World Humanitarian Day.
One key highlight of SPDDM 2016 was the convening of the CEO’s Talk, where three CEOs/Senior Executives – who are considered as champions in change and innovation – gave their views on how the participants should embrace change and innovate as means of enhancing disaster management cooperation in ASEAN.
The event was attended by about 120 participants, comprising of Heads of the National Disaster Management Offices of all ASEAN Member States, Ambassadors of ASEAN Dialogue Partners and other countries, relevant UN agencies, business leaders and CEOs of private sector entities, representatives from the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response Partnership Group (APG), civil society partners, youth networks in ASEAN, and academia.
SPDDM 2016 was jointly organised by the ASEAN Secretariat, Singapore Civil Defence Force and Corporate Citizen Foundation.
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Darmin said the 13th package was largely an extension of the previous one, but would expand its focus beyond industry. The 12th package focused on small and medium enterprises.
"We are just waiting to schedule a meeting with the president," Darmin told reporters at his office. He refused to give the exact date the new policy package would come into effect.
The ministry team must meet with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo one more time to finalize the details, Darmin said.