Private sector representation in the Pacific Resilience Partnership (PRP) Taskforce
(Suva, Fiji) In 2016, Pacific Leaders endorsed the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific: An Integrated Approach to Address Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management (FRDP). The FRDP is the regional roadmap that integrates climate change and DRM and recognises the importance and critical role of political leadership and commitment, and the role of central government agencies as key actors. Further, it also embraces the role of the private sector and civil society in building resilience. The multisectoral approach promotes and calls for a Pacific Resilience Partnership (PRP).
The PRP brings together different stakeholder groups and communities of practice working on climate change, disaster risk management and sustainable development. This is done to share experiences and identify ways in which to enhance coordination especially for project development and implementation, and to harmonize and strengthen linkages between all levels of implementation from national, sub regional, regional and international levels.
As part of the implementation and monitoring of the FRDP, a regional taskforce, the PRP Taskforce has been set up. The Taskforce has 15 members, representing Governments, development partners, academia, civil society and private sector. Representing the Pacific private sector interests in this Taskforce are:
- Hafiz Khan, local businessman and Chairperson of the Pacific Business Resilience Council (based in PIPSO);
- Pratarp Singh, engineer and Immediate Past President of the South Pacific Engineers Association;
- Alisi Tuqa, Acting CEO of PIPSO; and
- Fred Christopher, Manager of the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Associations.
Ms Tuqa of PIPSO said, “it’s important for us within private sector to be represented at such regional taskforces so we can clearly articulate to regional governments and partners our needs and challenges, so that interventions developed are targeted and the most appropriate.” She added, “private sector representation on the Taskforce includes two other industry associations and a business network and we are positive that such inclusion puts us in a place in which we can leverage support and assistance from the broad stakeholders that represent the business community and industry.”
The Taskforce had their first meeting on 23 and 24 May 2018 in Suva, Fiji.