In the same session, the Attorney- General advised delegates that the recent Cyclone Winston weather disaster had caused about US$1.3b damage in the country and went on to explain a new InsuResilience disaster insurance programme. Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum also explained how the Government had provided villagers badly affected by the recent cyclone with ‘cash cards’ which could be used at hardware shops to purchase urgently needed goods, such as roofing materials.
Fiji’s Minister of Health and Medical Services, Hon. Rosy Sofia Akbar, briefed the conference on the major efforts made by the Government to alleviate difficulties resulting from natural disasters, while senior officials from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) both outlined the latest measures being taken in the field.
The opening ceremony of the 4th ABU Media Summit on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction also featured a colourful kava ceremony, a cultural event performed for highly respected visitors and guests. The conference was sponsored and hosted by the Ministry of Communications of the Government of Fiji, with organisational support from the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, Fiji TV and the ABU.