Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has said it is developing a disaster recovery and business continuity plan which will be ready in 18 months.
The power supplier’s director of corporate services Everson Sitolo, who is also company secretary, said on Saturday they need time to develop a short-term plan while awaiting the finalisation of the disaster recovery and business continuity plan.
He said this during the closing ceremony for a two-week Disaster Recovery Planning and Business Continuity Training Workshop in Mangochi.
“We want to develop a plan that will align to corporate disasters and business continuity. This plan will complement the already existing risk management policy.
“We want to avoid adhoc handling of disasters as they happen as well as enable us to plan ahead of disasters,” said Sitolo.
He said Escom faces two types of disasters, natural disasters and man-made.
“We have been negatively affected by floods and drought, which affected our generation capacity; hence, the need for proper planning,” said Sitolo.
In an earlier interview, Escom chief executive officer John Kandulu said the workshop has equipped employees with skills and knowledge as well as developing best practices for disaster recovery plan.