Bid to monitor traders

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya (left) with Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission chief executive officer Joel Abraham during the announcement on the new fuel prices in Nadi yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya (left) with Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission chief executive officer Joel Abraham during the announcement on the new fuel prices in Nadi yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

THE Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) will mobilise teams from the Central Division to the west and north to ensure traders comply with the recent changes in fuel and LPG prices.

FCCC CEO Joel Abraham said this was an exercise conducted during every price change.

“Usually when there is a price change, the enforcement officers are already out in the field,” he said.

“As we speak, the team is preparing itself and mobilising the officers to be deployed in different areas and we know this is a time when the people are vulnerable, especially in the Western Division.

“There are some unethical traders who may take advantage of this situation so what we need to do is ensure monitoring.”

Mr Abraham said in the next two weeks, teams would be mobilised from the Central Division.

He said they would then partner with colleagues from the Western Division to do a full analysis of the ethical and unethical practices of traders, following which the team would move to the Northern Division.

“I think in the last price change, we did issue spot fines and there are certain traders who think they can continue to take advantage.

“For them, I say if you are unethical, be worried because our people are out there.”

Consumers have also been urged to report on suspicious and incorrect prices by contacting 8911619 and 8911623.