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Ministries focus on business continuity

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Public service organisations have begun to look at ways of ensuring goods and services are made available to citizens under the worst and most trying circumstances, especially in the aftermath of extreme events. 

The need for ministries and departments to continue to provide business as usual in unusual circumstances was the main point of discussion when the Ministry of Public Administration (MPA) hosted the first of three workshops on Establishment of a Business Continuity Management Capacity in the Public Service at the Hilton Trinidad Hotel.

The workshop was a key activity of a project to guide ministries and departments in the development of comprehensive plans which will lay out a framework for business continuity in the aftermath of localised or national scale incidents. 

The importance of business continuity management (BCM), the results of a BCM diagnostic review of pilot ministries and governance mechanisms for oversight of BCM in the public service were shared with participants. 

Group discussions focused on the issues and challenges of planning for and developing such a capability in the public service.

Among those invited to participate in the workshop were BCM Steering Committee members and counterpart team members from each of the pilot ministries—the Ministry of Finance and the Economy; Ministry of Trade, Industry, Investments and Communications; Ministry of the People and Social Development; and the Ministry of Education. 

The entire session was facilitated by consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers.