Symposium on Disaster Resilience, Jaffna: Experts share information and experience



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The Chief Guest at the International Symposium, Public –Private Partnership Towards Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development, held in Jaffna on Monday (October 5th) District Secretary Jaffna V. Vethanayaham addressing the gathering. Seated from left: Chairman Chamber of Commerce and Industries Jaffna V. Vignesh, National Representative A –PAD Sri Lanka, Executive Director CHA Jeevan Thiagarajah, DG Disaster Management Centre Maj. Gen. L.B.R. Mark, Minister, Embassy of Japan Sri Lanka Ms Okai Asako, Chairperson, Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management, A-PAD Management and advisory board member of the Indonesia National platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Faisal Djalal, and Senior Assistant Secretary General Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Chandrarathna Vithanage.


An international symposium on Public –Private Partnership Towards Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development, was held in Jaffna recently). Over 150 Delegates from Korea, Japan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and the Phillipines in addition to participants from the Sri Lankan private sector took part in the symposium.


District Secretary Jaffna V. Vethanyagam was the Chief Guest at the event, while DG Disaster Management Centre, Major General L.B.R. Mark was the guest of honour at the event. Among the other guests were Minister, Embassy of Japan Sri Lanka Ms. Okai Asako, Chairperson, A-PAD Management, and advisory board member of the Indonesia National platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Faisal Djalal, Chairman Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Jaffna, V.K. Vignesh.


The event with a priority focus on creating disaster resilient communities and promoting a better public-private partnership in mitigation efforts and capacitating the private sector in disaster resilience, the event was held in Jaffna this year as a precursor to encouraging disaster resilient businesses in the district.


National Representative A –PAD Sri Lanka and Executive Director CHA, Jeewan Thiagarajah made the welcome address.


The delegates were able to discuss and share important information and experiences during the panel discussion where topics such as Multi-sectoral collaboration for disaster resilience: An experience from Japan, Central and local linkage for effective Disaster resilient development: experience from Philippines, Equity and inclusion in DDR : Building resilience for all , were presented by delegates from respective countries.


Winners of the A-PAD Sri Lanka Photography, Cartoon Drawing and Essay Writing Competition which was conducted in the Jaffna District for youth and interested participants in the region received awards at the conclusion of the symposium. The half-day event was organised by A-PAD Sri Lanka with the collaboration of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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