Private sector workshop
A workshop targeting private insurance companies and banking associations was held on October 4, 2012 under the patronage of the Minister of State, H.E. Marwan Kheireddine, and in the presence of Dr Samir El Daher, advisor to the Prime Minister and National focal point for disaster risk management, Mr Shombi Sharp, UNDP Deputy Country Director, and Mr Peter Gruetter, Disaster Risk Reduction Expert.
The workshop brought together 45 managers and representatives from the associations of banks and insurance companies as well as the chambers of commerce, Order of Engineers and Architects and Lebanese Contractors Syndicate.
In his opening speech, Dr Daher introduced the Lebanese Government current efforts in DRR. He overviewed the main fields where the private sector could contribute to risk reduction by identifying risks and hazards, promoting a culture of insurance, and ensuring the continuity of the work of the private sector in the event of disasters.
Mr. Sharp noted the vulnerabilities and risks facing Lebanon, stating that the private sector, being as much concerned with disaster consequences as other sectors, has a critical role to play. He gave examples of the foreseen contribution of this important growth sector, such as more comprehensive insurance plans, proper channeling of investments, corporate social responsibility, public-private partnerships, etc. He finally stated that building disaster resilient cities and profitable businesses go hand in hand.
H.E. Mr Kheireddine, Minister of State, stated that natural disasters affect all business segments, and could cause disruption in economic life and the operational chain through physical as well as damage to property and infrastructure, as they affect the human resources, as well as business owners and customers
The opening session was followed by a presentation by Mr Gruetter, who introduced the potential role of the private sector in disaster risk reduction. Dr Fadi Hamdan, UNDP risk assessment consultant, gave an overview of the results of the recent national risk profile.
One of the workshop outcomes will be the formation of an advisory committee to explore further the role of the private sector in DRR and possible partnerships with the public sector.
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