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How Asean can build disaster resilience through public-private partnerships

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LettersHow Asean can build disaster resilience through public-private partnerships

Readers discuss how the private sector can play a role in disaster management, and an example of excellent service during a rainstormClimate changeLettersPublished: 11:30am, 16 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

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Participating in the forum were Asean sectoral bodies and centres, entities associated with Asean, external partners, United Nations agencies, NGOs, the private sector and other non-Asean organisations.

While public-private partnerships should be led by the government, several features have to be considered to make such partnerships successful. This includes a clear appreciation that the private sector represents profit-making entities, thus shared values should be agreed upon first.

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