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Banks resume operations

Ropate Valemei
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

COMMERCIAL banks resumed operation in the Central Division yesterday.

The development came a day after the Reserve Bank announced a Bank Holiday on Monday.

Bank governor Barry Whiteside said banks in the Western and Northern divisions could have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Evan and it would be the call of individual banks to decide when their services would return to normal.

ANZ manager communications Lancaster Fong said they opened for service yesterday in the Central, Eastern and Western divisions. However, he said they were closed up north.

"Electronic channels are still open in the north unless in the event of a power failure," he said, adding they would not open their Northern branches until further notice.

BSP head of marketing Nirdesh Singh said services were up and running in the Central and Northern divisions but not out west.

He said their central branches, including Nausori and Pacific Harbour, and Northern branches in Labasa, Savusavu and Taveuni, and BSP Life Customer Care Centre, were opened for business yesterday.

"We will remain open as long as there are no threats posed by the weather as we have back-up generators at all branches to complement the electricity supply."

"Our ATM, EFTPOS, Internet Banking and SMS Banking networks have remained fully operational," Mr Singh said.

He advised BSP and BSP Life staff to report to work if they could.

Westpac's marketing head Nirmala Nambiar said they were opened along the Suva-Nausori corridor, excluding their MHCC and USP branches.

She said branches in the Northern and Western divisions remained closed.

Bank of Baroda chief manager operations Inder Paul Sharma confirmed the same while BRED Bank CEO Satish Deb confirmed they were fully operational from yesterday.





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