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Conference on Arab Consumer Protection Concludes in Cairo

18/06/2014

The Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP), held, in cooperation with The Council of Arab Economic Unity (CAEU) and the Egyptian Consumer Protection Authority, at City Star Intercontinental- Cairo, “ Consumer Protection in Arab World: Future Challenges and Visions”. 

 

The opening ceremony of the two-day conference was held the day before yesterday (June 17, 2014) under the auspices of Dr Khaled Hanfi, Egypt Minister of Donestic Trade; with the attendance of HE Dr Said Al Kaabi, Chairman of PACP, Atef Ameen Yaaqub, Chairman of Egypt Consumer Protection Authority, Mohamed Mohamed Al Rabi, Secretary General of CAEU, and a number of high level and senior officials from Arab countries.  
HE Dr Said pointed out at the speech he delivered at the Oppening ceremony that PACP was established to fulfill the needs of citizens and expats living in Oman. According to Al Kaabi, PACP, since it was established three years ago, has achieved local, regional and international achievements and cornerstones for the welfare and safety of consumer.
“The international community recognized PACP as one of the biggest five achievements all over the world done for consumer. Our experience was a successful and wonderful one. So, a regional office affiliated to Consumer International, will be established soon in Muscat. PACP, in a short period of time, shifted consumer protection to new horizons and established for a culture that gives consumer rights the highest priority”, said Al Kaabi.
 Chairman of PACP asserted the importance of having close and effective cooperation among Arab countries for more consumer welfare and safety and to have a unified battle against cheating and fraud as well the wrong practices from some traders and service suppliers.
The first of its kind conference aimed at exploring the role played by the regulations and laws in providing consumer welfare and protection against commercial cheating and fraud- traditional and electronically; wide-spreading knowledge of consumer issues; highlighting the economic policies followed to protect consumer; and showcasing the efforts done by the NGOs to support consumer rights.
The conference approached a number of topics; including the experiences of the international bodies and agencies; the role of quality systems and NGOs; and the legal procedures to ensure consumer rights. A variety of consumer experts and officials from the Arab governments and NGOs will take part in the conference.


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 No one imagined that greed and deviousness would reach such a staggering level that thought exist only in movies and investigative drama shows , yet it became a stark reality when some merchants sought to make a profit on the account of health and safety of the young and adults alike utilizing the God-given intellect that they posses into destruction and evil instead of serving public good , the devious plan used ( Back to school ) season by carving holes inside books and hiding chewing tobacco inside in away from the inspectors notice targeting the younger generation with these destructive materials that effect the health , mind and safety of our kids .
 The Judicial officers noticed that consumers come very frequently to a specific shop during one of the inspection tours which raised their suspicions to strengthening the monitoring and follow up on that matter , students were spotted in the shop as well , the Officers expediently intervened to inspect the shop , the inspection did not reveal anything at first , however , the officers noticed a stack of books and decided to inspect it , surprisingly , they found more than 600 pouches of chewing tobacco on its way to be sold and distributed on consumers and students , the officers immediately issued a violation and referred the case to the General Prosecution to deal with the matter as per the Law


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