Ebène, 18 November 2020: The National Productivity and Competitiveness Council (NPCC) launched today the Business Continuity and Resilience Planning (BCRP) programme that aims at fostering the adoption of a business disaster management culture in enterprises. The programme has benefitted from the collaboration of the British High Commission in Mauritius and will help the companies navigate through disasters and crisis. The programme is part of the ‘Strengthening Business Resilience of Enterprises (SMEs) in the face of disasters’ project.
The launch event for the BCRP programme was also marked by the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the NPCC and the British High Commission.
The programme will kick off with an online course on the E-Learning Platform (ELP) of the NPCC – www.npcclearning.com – and will be followed by face to face sessions and an implementation part between January and February 2021. The BCRP course is available free of charge on the ELP to local companies but the implementation of the project will be done in batches of 10 companies that will participate in an extensive training and will be guided on the development of a resilience plan with the support of NPCC consultants.
Mr. Ganesh Kalyan, a BCRP expert from India, who also worked on the Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) project, will lead the BCRP project in Mauritius.
“Resilience is about accepting the new reality, even if it is not as good as it was before but putting together something that is good,” the Executive Director of the NPCC, Mr. Ashit Gungah, highlighted in his welcome note at the launch event. “I am confident that businesses, which have a crucial role as far as resiliency of the economy is concerned, will play their part. With this synergy, we will together succeed in overcoming the present unprecedented situation,” he added.
“The time for rethinking business continuity and resilience is now. With a bleak economic outlook or in case of any major occurrence, a readied plan will allow companies to adapt quickly to disruptions, maintain continuous business operations and safeguard people, assets and brand equity,” the Minister of Industrial Development, SMEs and Cooperatives, Honorable Soomilduth Bholah said in his speech. He explained further that a strategic, systematic approach to strengthening the resilience of a company’s business model is key. “Ultimately, resilient companies increase their chance of survival during COVID-19, which will test to the limit their ability to maintain operations and also gain an advantage in the post-crisis economy,” he pointed out.
It is the first collaboration between the NPCC and the British High Commission. “We are pleased to be funding the NPCC project ‘Strengthening business resilience of enterprises in the face of disasters’. Today’s launch of the e-course is part of this support. Ensuring business continuity and resilience never been more important,” the British High Commissioner, Mr. Keith Allan, said in his speech.
It is to be noted that NPCC launched another course on Occupational Health and Safety last week. This programme focusses on the importance of a Covid-19 Health and Safety plan and the ways to devise and implement measures to face such challenges provoked by the pandemic. All the courses are presently being conducted free of charge. END
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