Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) officials are gathering at two seminars in Hanoi to discuss measures for business continuity planning ( BCP ) despite the potential impacts of natural disasters.

The events are co-organised from May 8-10 by Vietnam and Australia in the framework of an initiative to help businesses resume operations and production after natural disasters, approved by APEC's Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG) in 2012.

The Asia-Pacific region regularly experiences the consequences of extreme natural disasters, which cause huge economic damage and have an effect on businesses in the region.

Therefore, one of APEC members’ concerns is to increase businesses’ awareness of the importance of mapping out recovery plans to help resume operations after a disaster, as well as share practical experiences and policies to boost BCP among businesses.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Irrigation General Department Nguyen Xuan Dieu stressed the importance of the events in implementing APEC’s 2013 priority to enhance collaboration in emergency preparedness issues and strengthen capacity to mitigate disasters.

As a co-chair of EPWG 2012-2013, Vietnam is working closely with APEC’s member countries and regional organisations to implement the initiative, he said.

To run until May 10, the workshop will discuss the roles of state agencies in fostering and creating conditions for implementing BCP, and share expertise in policy building and planning for BCP in several economies.

Participants at the workshop brought forth important recommendations to enhance cooperation and improve emergency preparedness. They also touched upon measures to foster collaboration within APEC and between the grouping and international organisations in the field.-VNA