Chamber ‘not a legal entity’ for 13 years

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A general view of the main street in Labasa. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

The Labasa Chamber of Commerce was deregistered for the past 13 years, yet it continued to operate.

Present chamber president Vinesh Dayal said they discovered this when his newly-elected team took over in September, 2023.

“So we had to do our legal work and get the chamber reinstated because it was deregistered by the Ministry of Industrial Relations,” Mr Dayal said.

“We don’t know the reasons of deregistration, whether it’s to do with accounts or other issues but we were determined to go legal from now on because it’s best to abide.

“For the past 13 years, the Chamber was not a legal entity after getting deregistered, so we have made sure to bring in stakeholders such as other government ministries to work with us.”

Mr Dayal said despite this, the newly-elected team continued to work with the former chamber executives.

“It’s always healthy to keep a good relationship with everyone and we still respect the former members, and we continue to work together.”

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