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Network of Caribbean Chambers (CARICHAM) Meeting in Grenada

The Network of Caribbean Chambers of Commerce (CARICHAM) held a very successful three-day face-to-face meeting in Grenada hosted by the Grenada Chamber of Industry and Commerce with support from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. The meeting was held from November 21 23 2022. The first day, was a closed strategic session with representatives from Chambers across the region under the theme; Regional Private Sector Collaboration for Business Continuity in A Rapidly Evolving Global Business Environment”.

The following sessions saw over sixty (60) colleagues from across the region (both physical and virtual) coming together focusing on the theme; “Integrating Private Sector on Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems Governance and Actions.” CARICHAM was joined by professionals who are involved in disaster management, including meteorologists. The BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association (BVICCHA) is a member of CARICHAM and their Chairperson, Mrs. Shaina M. Smith- Archer participated in the meeting as the organization’s representative.

Grenada’s Prime Minister Hon. Dickon Mitchell addressed the Opening Ceremony of the meeting. He called on the private sector to help in transforming the concept of disaster preparedness in the region. He highlighted the use of a Business Continuity Plan as a tool for preparedness by businesses. The Prime Minister also recognized the importance of building synergies with multiple bodies and organizations to successfully address preparedness and efficiency for business continuity after the effects of a disaster. He emphasized the importance of reliable, relevant, and timely information for governments and businesses to make high level decisions that will aid in the preservation of life, property, and business continuity.

The meeting successfully satisfied the building of strategic initiatives for the CARICHAM Network for the coming three years and strategic working relationships were developed with regional counterparts. Additionally, the Regional Multi Hazard Early Warning Systems review, produced draft considerations for development of a way forward for the region. This will include the integration of the private sector in the preparedness for and response to hazards and potential hazards.

The CARICHAM Executive extends gratitude to Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell, CARICHAM members, Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), Climate Risk Early Warning Systems (CREWS), and all other attendees for their participation in making the event the huge success it was.

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