18 Jul 2017

Vanuatu businesses co-operate to build resilience

From , 5:02 am on 18 July 2017

Businesses in Vanuatu are combining forces to build resilience in their communities.

They have established the Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee to co-ordinate between the government, its agencies and business operators to enhance the response to disasters.

Supported by the National Disaster Managment Office and the UN Development Programme, it grew out of the country's experiences during Cyclone Pam more than two years ago.

The UNDP's Nicola Glendining says improving businesses' ability to withstand the impacts of a disaster is just one part of the scheme.

She told Don Wiseman they are also useful in providing support to the government and its humanitarian partners.

Vanuatu's capital Port Vila following Cyclone Pam.

Vanuatu's capital Port Vila following Cyclone Pam. Photo: AFP