Fiji Time: 7:23 AM on Friday 23 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Business

Consumer watchdog hosts three-member delegation

Fiilipe Naigulevu
Friday, April 28, 2017

THE Consumer Council of Fiji is this week hosting a three-member delegation from its Tongan counterparts in continuing efforts to promote networking in consumer protection at a regional level.

The delegation, which comprises staff members of the Consumer Affairs Division under the Ministry of Commerce, Consumer, Trade, Innovation and Labour in Tonga, are here for a week to understudy the work of the council and to take part in hands-on training sessions.

Council chief executive officer Premila Kumar, in a statement yesterday, said this was the second time for them to host attach├ęs from Tonga.

"The objective of the attachment is to enhance the skills and capacity building of the staff of the council and Ministry of Commerce, Consumer, Trade, Innovation and Labour, Tonga," she said.

"It is envisaged that the knowledge exchange and policy transfer will empower the delegates to embark deeper into consumer affairs in their country."

While the attachment has been initiated and funded by the Tongan ministry, Ms Kumar said during the period the delegates would be provided with adequate information and knowledge on the roles and functions of the council.

"They will get practical experience on the market surveys, price checks, complaints handling and campaign activities conducted by the council on a regular basis. Learning by doing will certainly boost confidence in dealing with policy makers, consumers and traders in any marketplace," she said.

"Previously, the council has had delegates from Vanuatu, Kiribati, New Caledonia and Tonga who were attached to comprehend the significance of consumer protection and consumer organisation at the national level."

Ms Kumar said they hoped that such study tours would be the catalyst for change in Pacific Island Countries.

"It is important to note that Consumer Council of Fiji is the only consumer organisation in the South Pacific region after Australia and New Zealand," she said.

"It is anticipated that the week-long attachment will greatly enhance the skills of the delegates who can then filter the information to their colleagues and promote establishment of consumer organisation similar to the council.

Ms Kumar added that the knowledge gained would further allow the delegates to combat unfair trade practices and lobby for policy change to create a fair marketplace for the consumers in Tonga.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64200.6230
JPY 53.428750.4287
GBP 0.35090.3429
EUR 0.40370.3917
NZD 0.69470.6617
AUD 0.64370.6187
USD 0.49980.4828



Exchange Rate updated on 22nd, March, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 'Sleeping on the job'
  2. Police to help Taliga
  3. 'Rape case serious'
  4. Vaccine plan
  5. Graduation moved
  6. 700 graduate
  7. Couple get MA together
  8. PM urges alertness
  9. Blue ribbon race
  10. Fifita ends law journey

Top Stories this Week

  1. Meningococcal disease outbreak Tuesday (20 Mar)
  2. 'Forced to go' Saturday (17 Mar)
  3. Doctors speak out Sunday (18 Mar)
  4. No desk for this girl Monday (19 Mar)
  5. Where are our horses Sunday (18 Mar)
  6. 12 dead by disease Tuesday (20 Mar)
  7. Police appeal to livestock owners Monday (19 Mar)
  8. Bathroom photos 'old' Friday (16 Mar)
  9. Speaker orders Nawaikula to withdraw accusation Saturday (17 Mar)
  10. Teacher reports male student in washroom for girls Tuesday (20 Mar)