Business continuity, income security and solidarity are key to protecting livelihoods and building resilient economies and societies.

However, the uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis is making it difficult for employers to ease financial devastation.

The economy is expected to contract more sharply than negative 4.3 percent this year.

With the uncertainty of when the COVID-19 pandemic will end, business continuity plans are not enough to tackle this crisis.

Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation, President Kameli Batiweti said that while health measures have been effective, economic recovery will take longer than expected.

Companies in the country are in danger of being forced out of business with grave impacts on employment.

He adds businesses need to act quickly and responsibly, minimising the social and economic consequences.

Domestic economic activity is anticipated to return to some normalcy from September, however for now what the future will look like is still unknown.

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