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Consumer Protection in Arab Worlds Concludes with Strong Recommendations

19/06/2014

“ Consumer Protection in Arab World: Future Challenges and Visions”, organized by the Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP) in cooperation with The Council of Arab Economic Unity (CAEU) and the Egyptian Consumer Protection Authority at Cairo in 17-18 June 2014, was concluded with a set of recommendations, among which are unifying consumer protection policies, rules and regulations in all Arab countries…

 

Fighting commercial cheating and fraud, and creating common specific standards for products and goods produced in the Arab world.
Supporting the efforts done by CAEU, establishing independent governmental agencies for consumer protection in the Arab countries, drafting joint media policies and TV and Radio programmes, and establishing a TV channel doe consumer protection broadcasted for all Arab nations were among the highlights of the conference.
The second day of the tow-day conference experienced a number of important sessions and papers delivered by experts and high profile officials.   Atef Ameen Yaqub, Chairman of Egypt Consumer Protection Authority presided over a session titled “Quality System in Consumer Protection”. The session approached the basics of building a quality system for consumer welfare and protection.
Dr. Al Sayed Abdulkhaleq, Rector of Al Mansura University (Egypt) presided over a session on the role played by the media to provide consumer with welfare and protection and secure consumer rights. The session approached the new media platforms: the effects, benefits and directing for more knowledge spread among all categories of societies.
Khaled Al Rashedi, director of media department at PACP delivered a paper on E- media: the opportunities, challenges and the ability to build strong contact with a large number of consumers. Al Rashedi asserts on the big role played by the social media in wide-spreading knowledge of consumer rights and obligations. “The followers of PACP page on Facebook increased to 90.000 people; and on Twitter 61.000 people; and on Youtube 100.000”, he said.


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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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