ECONOMYNEXT – Robust infrastructure and resilience among businesses will help Sri Lanka be better prepared to cope with disasters which the island is having to face with increasing regularity and severity, a disaster preparedness conference was told.
“Partnerships add strength and effectiveness for disaster response and relief,” Japanese ambassador to Sri Lanka Akira Sugiyama told the international forum held by the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management, Sri Lanka (A-PAD SL).
“Robust infrastructure and business resilience is vital for ensuring continuity of economic and social functions of the country.”
Mitigating the vulnerability of Sri Lanka to disasters is one of the priority areas of Japan’s aid to Sri Lanka, Sugiyama told the forum which focused on the importance of partnerships in saving lives and businesses during disasters.
To uplift Sri Lanka’s disaster resilience Japan has given a lot of aid, including setting up a ‘Doppler’ weather radar network, Sugiyama said.
The ‘Sendai’ framework developed in Japan for disaster risk reduction, known as DRR was also very relevant, he said.
“The framework tresses disaster resilience and disaster preparedness for effective response and to build back better in recovery and reconstruction,” Sugiyama said.
A Japanese expert was also advising Sri Lanka’s ministry of disaster management, including formulating disaster risk reduction plans.
(COLOMBO, April 12, 2019-SB)