State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr. Md. Enamur Rahman on Monday said Bangladesh is now more capable in search and rescue as over 42 lakh volunteers have been trained and equipped with necessary instruments to respond to disasters.
The state minister made the remarks while addressing the inauguration of South Asia’s first disaster risk management centre titled “Private Sector Emergency Operation Center (POC)” at the DCCI office in Motijheel.
The state minister said government and private sector should work together for more efficient disaster risk management and this emergency operation centre can play a vital role in such collective efforts.
He informed that the government has taken initiatives to establish a “National Emergency Operation Center” in Tejgaon area with technical and financial assistance from China.
DCCI President Rizwan Rahman Said, “To ensure risk-free industrialization and investment, we should focus on risk resilience infrastructure system” He urged to change the traditional mindset regarding disaster risk management and to be aware of its impact.
He stressed more involvement of the private sector in this regard. He also said any disaster hampers industrialization and economic growth so this is the duty of all of us irrespective of business or non-business sector to respond to this critical issue. Md. Mohsin, Secretary, Ministry of Disaster and relief said, “Bangladesh is now a role model for disaster management and the participation of private sector reflects the preparedness to create awareness of this sector.”
Country Director of ActionAid Bangladesh Farah Kabir said the private sector should allocate more funds for research on disaster risk management and also to create a database of skilled manpower for disaster management. She also said that trade organizations in the rural areas should incorporate more in this regard. Head of Office, DG European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Daniela D’Urso and National Director of World Vision Bangladesh Suresh Bartlett also shared their views at the programme. DCCI Senior Vice President NKA Mobin delivered the vote of thanks. DCCI Vice President Monowar Hossain and members of the Board of directors were also present.