The British High Commissioner, His Excellency Keith Allan, and the Honourable
Soomilduth Bholah, Minister of Industrial Development, SMEs and Cooperatives,
officially launched an e-course on Business Continuity and Resilience Planning for
SMEs on 18 November. The project is funded by the British High Commission under
its Covid-19 Recovery Fund and is being implemented by the National Productivity and
Competitiveness Council (NPCC).
2. In light of the impact of the current COVID-19 crisis on businesses and the economy,
the rationale of the project, developed by the NPCC, is to promote the preparedness
of the enterprises in the time of a major crisis and to foster the adoption of a business
disaster risk management culture. To achieve this aim, the NPCC has designed the elearning course to suit a range of enterprises from different sectors of the economy.
The NPCC will also conduct on-site training and consultancy programmes to support
enterprises on business continuity management along the whole risk cycle. It will also
train NPCC officers for enhanced and effective delivery of business continuity
programmes to enterprises.
3. The British High Commission launched its COVID-19 Recovery Fund in June 2020 to
address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Mauritius. The aim of the fund is to
promote economic recovery, including around climate and business, as well as provide
support to vulnerable groups in Mauritius and Rodrigues. These projects include
improving farming techniques in Rodrigues, promote green and sustainable solutions
in business environments, empower women entrepreneurs, enhance food security
and encourage agricultural entrepreneurship.
4. We are proud to work with a diverse range of partners on these projects which, in
addition to the NPCC, include the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
Shoals Rodrigues, Business Mauritius, WeEmpower, Forena, FarmCity and the
Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.
5. On launching the e-course on Business Continuity and Resilience Planning, High
Commissioner Keith Allan said:
“The global economy is facing unprecedented challenges in response to the
COVID-19 crisis. Governments are rightly under pressure to do all they can to
support business and employees. I am pleased to see that the NPCC is playing its
part. Our COVID-19 Fund is designed to support a fair and greener recovery and
this e-course will help to strengthen business continuity and resilience. SMEs are
the engine of our economies and deserve and need our full support in these
challenging times. Looking ahead, the UK’s support for business will continue in
January 2021 when the Department for International Trade (DIT) hosts a virtual
UK Africa Investment Conference as a direct follow-up to the UK-Africa Summit
held in January this year. We very much look forward to that and will share
further details with you when available.”
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