Empowering Resilience: Highlights from the SATREPS Area-BCM Workshop in Ayutthaya, Thailand for the 3rd phase of Rojana IP

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Ayutthaya, THAILAND – April 22, 2024 – The SATREPS Area-BCM Project, in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, orchestrated the successful execution of the third phase of the Strategic Area – Business Continuity Management (Area-BCM) workshop on April 22, 2024. The workshop’s primary objective was to disseminate indispensable insights into risk and disaster management, coupled with area business continuity management, to its target audience comprising corporate entities. The event, hosted at the Krungsri River Hotel, Ayutthaya, saw enthusiastic participation from companies situated in the Rojana Industrial Park, as well as distinguished attendees including professors, researchers, and students from Chulalongkorn University and Japanese institutions, alongside observers and participants. Acting as the Master of Ceremonies for this workshop was Ms. Peerada Tangpasert, a master’s candidate.

The inauguration of the workshop commenced with a comprehensive overview of the Area-BCM workshop’s procedural intricacies, led by Mr. Katsumi Kurita from the Fujitsu Research Institute. Participants were then grouped to delve into previously discussed issues and further enhance their comprehension of the imperative nature of Area-BCM.

 

Key Presentations:

The Common Timeline Workshop commenced with a retrospective glance at the Collaboration Measures of the Area-BCM from the initial workshop, presented by Mr. Shigeo Otani from the Fujitsu Research Institute. During this session, participants engaged in collaborative learning activities, focusing on the preparatory and alert phases. Group discussions centered around identifying potential challenges and devising strategies to address them within the industrial park. Subsequently, participants transitioned to deliberating upon the Area-BCM Collaboration Measures during the Moving Phase. Here, collective discourse revolved around potential logistical challenges and the formulation of contingency plans for relocation scenarios.

Following the comprehensive exploration of all phases of the Area-BCM Collaboration, participants converged to design the Problem Management Table, incorporating insights gleaned from prior discussions. Collaboratively, they crafted cooperative frameworks by delineating specific scheme details, which were subsequently presented to the audience. Moreover, participants will experience the using of toolkit supporting Area – BCM for logistics and moving, presented by Mr. Yohei Chiba and Ms. Hiroko Muromachi National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED). Moreover, participants will experience the using of toolkit supporting Area – BCM for logistics and moving, presented by Mr. Yohei Chiba and Ms. Hiroko Muromachi National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED).

Concluding the session, Prof. Kenji Watanabe from Nagoya Institute of Technology conveyed appreciation to all participants and underscored the workshop’s pivotal role as a pilot initiative, nurturing collaboration between companies and researchers. Prof. Watanabe also advocated for the next phase of the Area-BCM project, emphasizing the establishment of a specialist network in Area-BCM comprising academic institutions and corporations. Then, Ms. Yoko Hirota, Representative from JICA Thailand, expressed gratitude to all participants and project members for such endeavor conducting the strategic workshop. This initiative is envisioned as a platform for sustained information exchange, idea dissemination, and discussions pertaining to risk management, disaster preparedness, and business continuity processes in the future. Participant feedback, solicited through questionnaires, will be instrumental in refining project strategies, thereby ensuring its continued success and fostering meaningful collaborations.

The SATREPS DREAM (Area-BCM) Project stands as a collaborative research endeavor between Japan and Thailand under the SENDAI framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. With the objective of establishing a sustainable economic growth platform through the enhancement of disaster resilience at industrial complexes in Thailand and contributing to ISO/TC292 by 2023, the project signifies a concerted effort towards fostering a resilient and prosperous future.

 

Authored by Phongnarin Sukcham Photography by Prof. Masahiro Inoue