S.N.P.F. considers assistance for employers

By Matai'a Lanuola Tusani T - Ah Tong 22 March 2020, 3:00PM

The Samoa National Provident Fund (S.N.P.F.) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, looking into ways to assist some of the employers who are vulnerable to the evolving global crisis. 

In response to queries from the Samoa Observer, S.N.P.F's Chief Executive Officer, Pauli Prince Suhren, says options are being considered by the Fund to help those badly affected. 

“We are talking to affected employers on a case by case basis,” Pauli said.

"We are looking to identify the most vulnerable sectors of our economy and then provide concessionary measures such as delaying the deadlines for payments of contributions.” 

Pauli was also asked about the Fund considering a scheme to assist contributors particularly on health crisis considering the country was one of the worse hit with the measles epidemic and the possible entrance of COVID-19 to its shores. 

In response, the C.E.O. said there are loan schemes readily available to members.

About the COVID-19, the Fund has put in place hand sanitisers on its front desks for customers to use to avoid the spread of the virus. 

Pauli says there are hundreds of people that visit the Fund's offices every single day and it was important that measures are in place to protect their staff and contributors. 

Asked if they had enough stock of hand sanitisers with the product on shortage, Pauli added there is sufficient stocks of sanitisers that were pre-ordered by the Fund.

“Always be prepared is our motto.” 

By Matai'a Lanuola Tusani T - Ah Tong 22 March 2020, 3:00PM

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