20–21 April 2016
Bangkok, Thailand


The private sector is increasingly affected by extreme weather events and major catastrophes such as floods, storms, earthquakes and tsunami. The disaster impacts on business will continue to rise unless investments are made to improve climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015‒2030 highlights the need for the business sector to integrate disaster risk management, including business continuity, into business models and practices through disaster-risk-informed investments, especially in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.

While private sector entities are affected by disasters, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are particularly vulnerable to disasters due to a lack of investments in disaster risk management. Addressing this gap is crucial because SMEs account for more than 97% of all enterprises in the region (APEC, 2015) and play a key role in its economic prosperity and post-disaster economic recovery by guaranteeing income and employment for the majority of people.

The Bangkok Declaration, resulting from the 6th Asian Ministerial Conferences on Disaster Risk Reduction, highlights the importance of “risk-informed investment as part of business processes” to achieve business sustainability and resilience. In addition, since 2011 the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit has repeatedly called for private sector resilience and enhanced capacities of businesses, particularly SMEs in preparing for disasters. The 21st APEC SME Ministerial Meeting in China also emphasized the importance of disaster resilience for SMEs and their recommendations include capacity building and the establishment of business continuity plans (BCPs) for all industries.

In order to capitalize on the momentum generated through these various global and regional forums, The Asian Business Forum 2016 Risk Reduction and Resilience Building will take place from 20–21 April 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. The objective of the forum is to reflect on and recognize various efforts and initiatives on resilience building in the private sector, and learn from the challenges and good practices in the region. This will help the private sector, including SMEs, governments and development partners translate the global and regional commitments into their own terms and articulate their priority actions for the coming years in order to strengthen business resilience and ultimately build safe and resilient communities. The specific objectives of the forum are to:

  • Highlight the importance of business resilience for inclusive and sustainable regional economic development and resilient communities;
  • Reaffirm the commitment in strengthening disaster resilience of businesses, particularly SMEs;
  • Exchange knowledge, experiences and best practices in private sector engagement in disaster risk reduction; and
  • Increase collaboration for enhancing the capacities of the private sector in building business resilience.

The forum program consists of:

  • Panel discussion on ‘Policy Environment and Priority Actions for Private Sector Engagement in Disaster and Climate Risk Reduction’
  • Thematic discussion on country case studies on ‘Enabling Environment for Strengthening Disaster Resilience of SMEs’
  • Technical sessions on:
    • Business Continuity and Supply Chain Management
    • Banking and Risk Financing
    • Enabling Tourism Sector Resilience
    • Incentivizing SMEs for Disaster Resilience

2. Documents

3. Date and Venue

The Asian Business Forum on Risk Reduction and Resilience Building will be organized on 20–21 April 2016 at
the Dusit Thani Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.


4. Speeches and Presentations

DAY1 20 APRIL 2016
Inaugural Session

1. Remarks by Prof. Dr. Krasae Chanawongse, Chairman, ADPC Foundation download >
2. Remarks by His Excellency Mr. Peter Prügel, German Ambassador to Thailand download >
3. Remarks by His Excellency Mr. Philip Calvert, Canadian Ambassador to Thailand download >
4. Remarks by Mr. Yasushi Negishi, Country Director, Thailand Resident Mission, Asian Development Bank download >
5. Opening Speech: “Why the Private Sector is Essential to National and Regional Disaster and Climate Resilience?” by His Excellency General Anupong Paojinda, Minister, Ministry of Interior, Royal Thai Government download >
6. Key Note Address: “Business Resilience and Implication for ASEAN Economic Community” by Mr. Isara Vongkusolkit, Chairman of Board of Trade, Thailand download >
7. Key Note Address: “Scientific Innovations by Private Sector for Disaster and Climate Resilience” by His Excellency Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology, Royal Thai Government download >
8. Vote of Thanks by Dr. Jingjai Hanchanlash, Executive Director, ADPC download >

Thematic Discussion: Enabling Environment for Strengthening Disaster Resilience of SMEs

1. Special Address: Policy Environment for Disaster-Resilience of Private Sector by Under Secretary Ms. Zenaida Maglaya, DTI, Philippines download >


2. Project Overview: Strengthening Disaster Resilience of Small and Medium Enterprises in Asia by Mr. Aslam Perwaiz, Head of DRMS, ADPC download >
3. Video “iPrepare Business regional project: play >
4. Indonesia: Dr. Eugenia Mardanugraha, Lecturer and Researcher, University of Indonesia download >
5. Philippines: Ms. Elvira P. Tan, Division Chief, DTI download >
6. Thailand: Dr. Apassanun Silapapiphat, Consultant, ADPC download >
7. Vietnam: Ms. Nguyen My Anh, Project Manager, TAC-Hanoi download >


Global Perspectives: Business Case of Disaster and Climate Resilience  
1. Ambassador Philip Gibson, Special Envoy (DRM), New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (New Zealand)

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Road to Resilience: Private Sector Experiences of Disaster Resilience  
1. Dr. Ammarin Daranpob, Consultant, Loxley Public Company Limited download >
2. Mr. Anh Tuan Dau, Director General, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry download >
3. Mr. Chanyut Chamratporn, Group Manager, Isuzu Motor Co., (Thailand) Ltd download >
4. Mr. Jirapong Dharaphop, Vice President, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited, Thailand download >

DAY2 21 APRIL 2016

Technical Session 1: Business Continuity and Community Resilience

1. GDPC Business Resilience Tool download >

Technical Session 2: Building Tools and Capacities for Business Resilience

1. Dr. Hitoshi Baba, Senior Advisor, JICA, Japan - Area Business Continuity Management (Area BCM) download >
2. Mr. Nanang Subana Dirja, Director, Oxfam, Indonesia – Partnership for Micro Enterprise Resilience download >
3. Dr. Goh Moh Heng, President, BCM Institute, Singapore download >
4. Mr. Tri Thanh Nguyen, Senior Officer, The Asia Foundation download >

Technical Session 3: Tailoring Risk Financing for SMEs

1. Mrs. Jongrak Politanont, Executive Vice President, SME Bank, Thailand download >
2. Mr. Generoso Soriano David, Department Manager, LBP Program Management Department 2, Land Bank, Philippines download >
3. Ms. Nina Kurnia Dewi, Head of Division, Jamkrindo Kredit Indonesia download >
4. Ms. Thuy Hoang, Project Coordinator, SME Development Fund, Viet Nam download >
5. Dr. Antonis Malagardis, Program Director, GIZ-RFPI Asia, Philippine download >

Technical Session 4: Tourism Sector Resilience

1. The Hotel Resilient Multi-hazard risk management standard module by Ms. Hanna Maier, Junior Adviser, GIDRM/GIZ and Mr. Bijan Khazai, Senior Research Scientist, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

download >


5. Photos


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6. Media coverage

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7. Contact information

For more information about the Asian Business Forum, please contact

Mr. Aslam Perwaiz
Head of Department
Disaster Risk Management Systems
Email: aslam@adpc.net
Tel: +662 298 0681 Ext. 309

Ms. Mio Kato
iPrepare Businesss Coordinator
Disaster Risk Management System
Email: mio.kato@adpc.net
Tel: +662 298 0681 Ext. 315

Ms. Apassanun Silapapiphat (Nan)  
iPrepare Businesss BCP Specialist
Tel: +662 298 0681 Ext. 520

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