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More vendors for CARE program

June 20, 2018 8:17 pm

The Economy Ministry is expected to approve more vendors to the CARE program with 16 businesses already participating in the program.

CARE, the abbreviation for the Cyclone Assistance Recovery Efforts is a government initiative targeting Fijians affected by Tropical Cyclones Josie and Keni and the subsequent flooding in between.

Economy Minister and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has issued a warning to prospective new vendors to ensure they comply with the law after seven traders were charged with price variances among other offences.

“Of course we also urge and encourage all those vendors to ensure that they don’t price gouge, as you know that FCCC has also, I understand they will be charging a couple of suppliers, 2 or 3 suppliers."

FBC news understands the new vendors are currently being screened to ensure they meet the criteria and FNPF compliant before being approved.

The 16 approved retailers for the CARE program include GS Industrial Suppliers Limited, Auto Care Fiji Limited, Kasabias Limited, Vinod Patel and Company Limited – Home and Living, Subrails Furniture Centre Limited, Lonta Manufacturers Limited, Rups Investment Limited, Big Bear, Vinod Patel, Complete Homes and Building, RB Patel Group Limited, Visions Investments Limited, Haroon’s Hardware, Rakiraki Hardware Limited, New World Limited, Carpenters Hardware Limited, Homemaker and RC Manubhai.

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More vendors for CARE program

June 20, 2018 5:12 am

More businesses are expected to be added to the approved list of vendors to participate in the Cyclone Assistance Recovery Efforts initiative that began in May.

The CARE program is targeting those Fijians that were affected by Tropical Cyclones Josie and Keni and the subsequent flooding in between.

Minister for Economy and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says there has been an overwhelming demand for goods and while there are currently sixteen approved traders, more are expected to come on board.

“And we’ve opened it up, they been through various checks and balances. We have to ensure that all the people, so the vendors that are approved need to be FNPF compliant, have tax compliance and have no other statutory, have no other outstanding matters.”

The AG is also urging the prospective new vendors to ensure they comply with the laws with seven traders charged for price variances among other charges.

Under the Farms CARE and Homes CARE programs, more than 92 million dollars has been spent and over a 115 thousand Fijians have been assisted to date.