THE appointment of Consumer Council of Fiji's chief executive officer Premila Kumar as chairperson of the Trade Standards Advisory Council and the revamping of laws to improve consumer protection were highlighted as part of government's commitment to building a better Fiji.
Speaking at the 34th International Organisation for Standardisation Consumer Policy Committee (ISO/COPOLCO) summit in Nadi yesterday, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said it was imperative that all stakeholders, including consumers, be consulted in policy development.
"This means multilevel engagement, credibility and tangible outcomes," Commodore Bainimarama said.
"Policies and standards should be developed in consensus, taking into account the interests of all stakeholders particularly those who will be impacted."
He said the direct contribution of all stakeholders addressing basic consumer needs, policies and regulations would be more market relevant and have immediate effect.
"This will not only enhance consumer confidence in goods and services but will also enable those goods and services to circulate freely within and across our borders," he said.
He said the amendment of laws in 2011 and subsequent introduction of on-the-spot fines for illegal practices in regards to standards and metrology has also given consumers greater protection.
Commodore Bainimarama told participants it was a privilege for Fiji to host the 34th ISO/COPOLCO as this was the first time the summit was held in the Pacific.