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Consumer Protection confirms the tightening and intensifying market control before the Eid Holiday during a meeting with the General Managers and the Managers of the Directorates in the Governorates

19/06/2017

H.E. Dr. Saied Khamis Al Kaabi, Chairman of the Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP) held a meeting on the morning of 19th June 2017 with the General Managers and the Managers of the Directorates in the Governorates to review the Eid Holiday preparations and the adopted mechanisms in order to provide the essential goods and the goods stability in terms of quantity and price, in addition to a discussion regarding the stability of the prices in the current and the upcoming periods and also to intensify PACP’s control efforts before Eid Holiday to prevent any market manipulation, fight commercial fraud and transactions that undermine the rights of the consumers.

 

H.E. the Chairman of PACP commended the efforts exerted by all the PACP staff in the various governorates of Oman valuing the great role they play in service of their community and their country in this field. H.E. also discussed topics related to the preparations for the Eid Holiday including: quality assurance of the offered goods and services to guarantee the consumers’ safety, the role of each Directorate in the implementation of a comprehensive program that assures the intensification of market control and increasing control over various commercial centers and shops. 

H.E. the Chairman confirmed the necessity of organizing control and inspection operations during the Eid Holiday through studied timetables and the importance of the personal attendance of the General Managers, the Managers of the Directorates and Heads of Departments to monitor the buy and sell transactions and following up with the reports and complaints from the consumers regarding any offenses or violations.

H.E. the Chairman emphasized the necessity of the consumers and traders awareness with regard to the applicable laws and regulations by PACP and ensuring that awareness, because that will undoubtedly lead to the effective enactment of these laws and regulations in the commercial shops and centers as this will reflect positively on these venues as well as on the consumers.

This meeting came as one of a series of periodic meetings held by PACP in order to keep up with the local markets developments, reviewing the current adopted policies and discussing the future plans for its upcoming works

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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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