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With several activities and events Consumer Protection concludes the Gulf Consumer Week 2017

06/03/2017

OACP closed the curtain on the 12th Gulf Consumer Week celebrated throughout Oman. This year celebrations came under the theme “Towards Safe e-Shopping for the Consumer” in conjunction with AGCC countries.

 

All the directorates and departments of Consumer Protection participated in the celebration by organizing several activities and events, including Open Day in Al Mooj Muscat with miniature exhibition for seized items, introduction to PACP applications and how to use it, 2 kiosks exhibiting posters and educational tools on consumer protection by the students of Tarbiya Fikriya School, in addition to a panel discussion “Consumer Café” to discuss several topics relating to online shopping.
PACP directorates and departments throughout the Omani governorates also organized several seminars, lectures and tours on “e-shopping” in various institutions, schools and colleges, discussing a number of topics including introduction to e-shopping and e-crime, the difference between e-shopping and e-trade, miniature exhibitions for seized fraudulent items inconsistent with the standards and specifications and posting posters in the markets.
Coinciding with the week celebration, Suhar witnessed to start of bicycle tour passing by main locations in Suhar, as an outreach to the consumers to educate them about their rights and responsibilities, and online shopping, with prompt messages on the computers for guidance and awareness to the online consumers and were posted on the monitors of the PACP employees throughout Oman and a number of government institutions in Suhar. Other departments formed teams to distribute awareness publications in shopping malls and centers.
An awareness convoy was launched in the Governorate of Sharqiya South to disseminate awareness on the consumer rights and responsibilities, and cooperation with Musandam Team of Volunteers to organize children events in a shopping mall in Khasab, in addition to coordination with the D. G. of Regional Municipalities and Environment in Muscdam to carry out inspection tours for the shops and restaurants in Khasab and Bukha.

 

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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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