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Acting CEO: FCCC Focussing On Rural, Maritime Areas

Acting CEO: FCCC Focussing On Rural, Maritime Areas
FCCC acting chief executive officer Seymour Singh.
May 01
10:00 2018

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission is turning its focus to rural and maritime areas, whose population they say are particularly vul­nerable to exploitation by unethical trad­ers.

Acting chief executive officer Seymour Sin­gh said visits to the maritime regions had so far been restricted due to high travel costs.

But Mr Singh said the competition agency was considering establishing a presence in the rural regions to protect consumers fall­ing prey to “unscrupulous traders.”

He made the comments as part of his an­swers to the Standing Committee on Eco­nomic Affairs’ questions about FCCC’s 2014 and 2015 annual report.

The committee was chaired by Assistant Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment Lorna Eden.

Mr Singh said Government policies, includ­ing a budget increase from $1.7m in 2010 to $3.6m now, had allowed the agency to be pro­active in promoting fair competition in Fiji’s economy.

The agency received 440 consumer com­plaints last year, 61 more than in 2016, but almost half from a 2014 high of 861.

Mr Singh attributed the drop to traders be­ing “wary of enforcement actions taken by FCCC” thus becoming increasingly compli­ant.

The committee’s final report on the agency’s performance based on the 2014/15 annual re­port will be tabled in Parliament this month.

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