Senior Specialist of Employers’ Activities at the International Labour Organization (ILO), Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, Vanessa Phala has said an ongoing Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Workshop could not have occurred at a better time.
The two day workshop began at the Fort Young Hotel on Tuesday with Phala saying their discussions are not only theory based but encompasses the current reality.
“You will all agree that really this is the right time to be having these discussions, it is not just a discussion that is up in the sky, it is a reality and we’ve seen it, some of us we felt it,” she said.
The workshop is being conducted through a collaborative effort of the Dominica Employers’ Federation, the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation and the International Labour Organization funded by the European Union.
Dominica is the third country in which this workshop is being conducted with the first being in Grenada and the second in The Bahamas.
These workshops Phala said are meant to improve the level of readiness by the private sector in terms of business preparedness and readiness, facilitating engagement and a better understanding of the Office of Disaster Management’s role.
“So indeed here in Dominica, we’re also looking at discussions that will enlighten us but also provide a clear way forward in terms of what we are going to do should we experience a disaster,” she explained.
Phala added that while it would have been good to have these plans in place for the current hurricane season saying “this really is not a time to discuss but a time for action”; plans can be put in place to ensure better preparation for the next hurricane season.