APEC Workshop on Emergency Preparedness

August 3, 2011


The Governments of Japan and the United States co-hosted the "APEC Workshop on Private Sector Emergency Preparedness" August 1-3, 2011 in Sendai, Japan. The workshop was very well attended with 17 out of 21 APEC economies represented at the meeting. The GOJ was represented by State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Mr. Chiaki Takahashi and senior officials from METI and the Cabinet Office and the USG was represented by Deputy Administrator for Protection and National Preparedness for FEMA Mr. Timothy Manning, as well as officials from the Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development. The workshop was the first inter-governmental, international conference conducted in an area affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. The agenda and focus of the workshop are as follows.

This workshop is one of APEC’s activities that contribute to the area of emergency preparedness, which is a priority issue for APEC in 2011. The results of the workshop will be reported to Senior Disaster Management Officials Forum (SDMOF) in San Francisco in September.

  1. Concept and Importance of Business Continuity Plan (BCP)
  2. Status of BCP installation in the APEC Region
  3. BCP Case Studies (including the experience of Great East Japan Earthquake)
  4. BCP Reference Guide
  5. Public-Private Partnership and Inter-APEC cooperation to promote BCP in the APEC Region.
  6. Fieldtrip to the Disaster-affected Area

Among the topics discussed in the workshop were the ways to raise awareness of and promote BCP by legal, market-oriented and social mechanisms, the importance of standards to help private sector organizations evaluate their readiness for emergencies, and the necessity for capacity building, accumulation of "lessons learned" from the past disasters among the stakeholders, and discussion at high-level officials for cooperation on BCP among APEC economies.

Chinese Taipei expressed its willingness to officially propose a "Multi-year Project on Disaster Resilience Building for SMEs in APEC." Participants expressed the expectation that further cooperation on BCP will be promoted within the APEC framework.

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