Ministry calls on private sector to help
09:52 Mon Feb 22, 2016
Report by: Edwin Nand
The Ministry of Trade is reaching out to the private sector to help in the immediate aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston.
Minister Faiyaz Koya says in an effort to provide relief and assistance to the cyclone victims, the Fijian Government is calling on the Fijian private sector companies to provide relief items.
Koya says this can include food items, water, building materials, clothes, tents, water tanks, beddings or assistance by providing logistical services to transport relief items to the affected areas.
He says cyclone Winston has caused widespread devastation to homes, livestock, farms, schools, businesses and infrastructure in Western Viti Levu, Koro Island and Lau Group.
The private sector companies who wish to donate the relief items can contact the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Shaheen Ali on 3305411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Meanwhile, Koya has cautioned traders not to take advantage of the current natural disaster situation and charge consumers exorbitant prices.
He says traders should be mindful that people have suffered significant losses and should not be taken advantage of.
The Fiji Commerce Commission together and all other relevant authorities will be monitoring trading practices in the market.
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