In only a few months’ time, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a devastating economic, social and health impact across the globe. Hundreds of thousands of lives have already been lost, and the end of this crisis is not yet in sight. From the outset, Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has been working with our member companies across the country to assist them in managing the negative economic, social and health implications of the COVID-19 crisis.
Employers have a complex and evolving landscape to navigate. In our daily discussions with government representatives, we are prioritizing measures to support business continuity. This is particularly critical for hospitality, retail and related sectors that have already suffered a very significant demand shock.
Difficult decisions are being made each day and people’s safety must always come first. We urge our member companies to implement government measures as speedily as possible and to increase awareness and positive action wherever possible.
SCCI will continue to provide support throughout this crisis. Our priorities throughout the crisis are:
- first to provide strong leadership to ensure the health and sustainability of the workforce and our communities;
- second to represent the interests and needs of business in crisis to Government with innovative and quick action measures and solutions; and
- third to support business during this period with relevant information and services as well as opportunities for remote networking and engagement with peers as these alternative arrangements are becoming universal.
This guide is the latest example of our commitment to our member companies. It has been designed to help our member companies respond to a ‘new normal’ that is changing day by day. Many companies are relying on ‘working from home’ arrangements for the first time. Some are thriving while others are struggling to adapt.