CPL, organisation test e-voucher at shop

Participant Lusciol Motamota ready to test her e-voucher card in Stop and Shop in Port Moresby yesterday. – Picture supplied

CITY Pharmacy Group of Companies (CPL) in partnership with Save the Children tested electronic voucher cards as part of a cash preparedness plan at its retail outlets (Stop & Shop) in Port Moresby yesterday.
According to the organisations, the e-voucher cards were part of Save the Children’s cash preparedness action plan to see if the concept of using the e-voucher delivery mechanism could be used to meet humanitarian response needs.
The plan involves testing whether vouchers for goods and services can be provided directly to individuals, households or community members, especially the vulnerable, affected by disasters and needed immediate humanitarian assistance.
Save the Children senior cash and voucher assistance adviser Nashrudin Modin said CPL became the first supplier to accommodate the selected participants who could use the e-voucher cards at a redeeming point to get goods during a response.
Modin said the e-voucher use a closed-loop system and could only be redeemed from a supplier or shop that had been pre-selected by Save the Children.
“When a response comes into effect, CPL will be on hand to assist because these e-voucher are already pre-positioned and the system in place at the local merchant ready to utilise,” he said.
“They can’t be used in any other shop but selected CPL outlets.”
He said a Papua New Guinea-based entrepreneur, JYVX Ltd, delivered the technology for the project while the organisation was looking forward to expanding the concept in the country.