Speech by NACCIMA National President at the Private Sector Dialogue on Disaster Risk Reduction
23RD JANUARY, 2020
UNITED NATIONS DISASTER RISK REDUCTION “ESTABLISHING AN AFRAICAN CHAPTER OF PRIVATE SECTOR ALLIANCE FOR DISATER RESILENT SOCIETIES”
OPENING REMARKS BY
HER EXCELLENCY, HAJIYA SARATU IYA ALIYU, PRESIDENT OF FEWACCI
On behalf of the Federation of West African Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FEWACCI), I bring warm wishes to all distinguished guests present today at this special event: Private Sector Dialogue and engagement on Disaster Risk Reduction.
I commend the efforts of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction for organizing this African Chapter of Private sector alliance for disaster risk reduction and their role in promoting a business friendly environment both regionally and globally.
I specially appreciate the Africa office of the United Nations on Disaster Risk Reduction for partnering with FEWACCI to organize this brainstorming workshop to discuss on how to engage with the Private Sector actors in Disaster Risk.
FEWACCI is the umbrella body for all the National Chambers of Commerce in the West African region, which promotes and encourages trade, cross-border investments and public-private partnerships with the view of deepening regional economic integration.
With headquarters in Nigeria, FEWACCI is hosted by the Federal Capital Territory, working closely with Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and other City and State Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Nigeria.
Today’s topic of address “ Private Sector and Disaster Risk Reduction” is very crucial because it creates an avenue for private sector stakeholders from all works of life to gather and discuss the various challenges relating to disaster risk in their businesses, and eventually devise effective means of addressing those challenges
According to a Research conducted by Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), it was reported that climate related and geographical disaster claimed the lives of about 1.3million people and injured about 4.4 billion people, thereby leading to Economic losses of about 2.9 billion dollars.
Some of these disasters have affected businesses in ECOWAS our region, a typical example is the Ebola crisis in some ECOWAS Member States as well as terrorist attacks, and flood that affected movements of citizens from one place to another, without adequate response
In order to reduce these challenges, organizations are required to put in various preventive measures to address the situation
As the Foremost Organized Private sector organization in the sub-region, we are committed to employing various means of enabling and promoting a business-friendly environment that is void of risks and aims to develop the Private sector.
I assure you of FEWACCI’s readiness to implement the outcomes of this meeting as the Focal Point of ARISE in West Africa.
Once Again, I Welcome the various private sector stakeholders Present in today’s meeting, I enjoin you all to take full advantage of this meeting to gather and agree on effective strategies on the advancement of Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa. I trust that your involvement in this workshop will yield good results.
Thank you all for Listening.