AFBC NEWS : 10th Mar 2016

UPDATE: Tropical Cyclone Winston

It has been 19 days since Cyclone Winston hit Fiji. The Australia Fiji Business Council has compiled the following update from key sources. Tropical Cyclone Winston Recovery and Support – 10th March, 2016

— By AFBC

Attend a Charity Breakfast in Sydney tomorrow for Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Fiji Airways is hosting the breakfast with Starwood and Tourism Fiji to raise much needed funds towards TC Winston relief efforts. See the flyer for more details.

Friday 11th March – 7:30am – 9:30am
Sheraton on the Park
Table of 10: $1,000
Individual: $100
RSVP to lesieli.fatai@fijiairways.com

Current reports are suggesting:

  • 43 confirmed deaths as at 10th March, 2016
  • Fiji Government estimates 19,649 people remain inevacuation centres, a significant drop from the last report.
  • 619 Evacuation Centres are currently in operation across all divisions with the majority in the East and Western divisions.
  • 265 out of 901 School either partially damaged or completely destroyed.
  • Current Estimated damage to educational facilities: FJD$45.9M
  • Current estimated damage to health facilities: FJD$4.6M
  • Current estimated damage to Agricultural Sector (crop and livestock): $FJD120.2M
  • Value of Aid- in-kind, technical assistance and money from International Donors: FJD$66.2M
  • Several other Pacific Nations have contributed aid and money including New Zealand, PNG, Tonga, Nauru, French Polynesia, Samoa, Kiribati, Vanuatu and New Caledonia
  • Value of Aid- in-kind, technical assistance and money from Business Community: FJD$2,4M

It is important to note that despite the above figures, Fiji is very much still open for tourism and business, with the majority of resorts in Fiji open and undamaged by TC Winston. Foreign dollars invested in Fiji through tourism and business is one of the best ways to support their economy.

An update on Australian Assistance and information:

How Australian companies can contribute to the humanitarian aid recovery program

Highway Construction and Engineering companies and authorities;

Fiji Roads Authority is establishing an Expression of interest for Consultants and Contractors for Future Work Opportunities. See attached EOI for more information.

Please note that the EOIs close on Monday 21st March 206 at 4:00pm

Humanitarian Aid

For Australian companies wanting to supply products or services for humanitarian purposes, details can be sent to emergencies@dfat.gov.au

Fiji Infrastructure Mission – 12th – 14th April, 2016

Austrade together with Pacific Islands Trade & Invest has planned a trade mission to Fiji from 12th – 14th April to meet with the infrastructure authorities and service providers to learn about business opportunities.

If members are interested to promote their product and join the Infrastructure Mission please apply here.

Our thanks to AFBC members who have shared their support of recovery and aid efforts so far;

AFBC member Nestlé (Oceania) Australia has arranged to ship over 7 tonnes of Nestle Food products to Fiji valued at FJD 60,000. It will arrive on 17 March and be distributed through the Fiji Government Disaster Management Department.

Namosi Joint Venture (Newcrest Mining) has committed support for recovery efforts including the donation of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to St John Ambulance and a $5000 donation to the Fiji Red Cross Society for relief efforts. NJV personnel have also helped villagers of Delailasakau and Nasevou in Naitasiri in the cleaning up and the company says it will provide further assistance to the affected schools.

Opportunities to Support Recovery Efforts

Rotary Australia is collecting donations for medical assistance and school projects for anywhere in Fiji that can be helped at this time. All donations are tax deductable.

Donate to Rotary

Rotary Australia is also organising a fundraiser for TC Winston recovery. We are calling out to members of the AFBC who may have appropriate prizes they could donate to the fundraiser. Get in touch with AFBC Treasurer Reg Hodgson email:regh09@tpg.com.au to discuss further.

Thank you for your support and our thoughts are with Fiji and any members who have been affected by Tropical Hurricane Winston on this long road to recovery.

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