From the ASEAN Secretariat’s Press Release
JAKARTA – To minimize disruption of daily business in the event of a major pandemic or disaster, the Indonesian government has formulated strategies to keep critical services running. At a workshop on business continuity planning held in Jakarta, government agencies identified their critical functions, resources and functional interdependencies.
Held from March 28 to 29, the workshop was organized by the Government of Indonesia, with guidance from ASEAN through the Health and Communicable Diseases Division of the ASEAN Secretariat, and support from the U.S. Government-funded ASEAN-U.S. Technical Assistance & Training Facility.
In his opening speech, Secretary of the Indonesia Coordinating Ministry for People’s Welfare, Prof. Dr. Ir. Indroyono Soesilo, said the inefficient coordination of public health emergency responses can be addressed by enhancing the capacities of whole-of-government and whole-of-society.
A business continuity planning expert helped participants from government agencies formulate strategies to ensure the smooth running of critical services, which include food, energy, water & sanitation, healthcare, telecommunications, finance, public security, law and order, and transportation.
The importance of ensuring the smooth operations of these services was further emphasized by Deputy Minister of the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for People’s Welfare, Dr. Emil Agustiono. “Whole-of-government continuity planning and the establishment of effective command and control systems are critical to mitigating the potential impacts of a severe pandemic or any other disaster.” He added that the Government of Indonesia has identified operations continuity preparedness as an important component of its all-hazard contingency plan, which is part of the larger ASEAN Pandemic Preparedness and Response Plan.