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Donohue Joins Clinton to Reaffirm Commitment to Disaster Resiliency

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 7:00pm

‘Moving forward, we must continue to coordinate and communicate on our relief efforts,’ Donohue Says

HONOLULU, HI—At the APEC Summit today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to reaffirm the American business community’s commitment to improving responses to natural disasters through the development of an open-data tool that facilitates public-private partnerships and concrete projects for disaster resiliency in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Ensuring that the public and private sectors are talking and cooperating is an essential component of improving resiliency,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce following today’s meeting. The event was a follow-up from Donohue and Secretary Clinton’s meeting in Tokyo last April to discuss the public and private sectors’ role in supporting Japan’s recovery from the devastating earthquake and deadly tsunami.

The U.S. Chamber and its Business Civic Leadership Center—working with American businesses, governmental authorities, and NGO’s—have played an essential role in coordinating the private sector responses to natural disasters across Asia.

The Chamber itself is engaging in cross-sector partnerships to accomplish this coordination work. The open-data tool that Donohue mentioned is being built in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development. The Chamber also has signed an MOU with the U.S. Pacific Command. That agreement expresses a mutual commitment to work together in disaster response throughout the Pacific Command region.

“The private sector is committed to working with stakeholders to improve the economic vitality, resiliency, and stability of the Asia-Pacific Region,” Donohue said. He pointed to the work of BCLC in monitoring public, private and non-profit emergency responders and relief operations, and in tracking private sector donations to relief efforts.

BCLC is a 501(c) 3 affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and promotes better business and society relations. BCLC brings together business and civic leaders to foster complementary economic, environmental, and social goals that help build long-term community competitiveness and success.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.