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Ramchand Rajbal Maraj

The Couva Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce (CPPCC) said it will support an extension of the State of Emergency (SoE).

Chamber president Ramchand Rajbal Maraj told Guardian Media that the CPCC would be supportive of any measures that could save lives.

He said, “The CPCC urges the citizens of our nation to obey the health protocols and adhere to the existing regulations pertaining to the SoE and curfew hours. It is critical for the Government to implement better measures to ensure business continue their operations, and any assistance in payment deferrals that may include taxes, NIS and health surcharge would be a welcome relief.

In addition to this, we recommend to our members and to the national business community as a whole to take advantage of the four/five-month loans moratorium that the Central Bank asked the commercial banks to facilitate their individual and commercial clients.”

He added: “In addition to this, the CPCC states that consideration should also be given to a waiver of rent from Port and Customs Bonded warehouses and Demurrage from shipping agents.” The country is experiencing an unprecedented disaster and we need to apply innovative solutions to keep the business community alive and save both lives and livelihoods. The onus is on citizens to comply with the health protocols, get vaccinated and operate within the given confines of the State of Emergency. Once everyone cooperates, we will come out of this crisis and the lifting of restrictions can begin.”