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Council Hosts Nadi Workshop

Consumers in the Western Division met at a workshop at the Nadi Civic Centre to learn debt-related issues. Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, Dr Ram Raju officiated at
04 Sep 2015 10:02
Council Hosts Nadi Workshop
Consumer's during the workshop at Nadi Civic Centre yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Consumers in the Western Division met at a workshop at the Nadi Civic Centre to learn debt-related issues.

Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, Dr Ram Raju officiated at the workshop with the help of the Consumer Council of Fiji.

The workshop was called ‘Right to Redress in Financial Services.’

“Fiji is buzzing with economic growth given that we have investor confidence and market stability which results in more consumer spending,” Dr Raju said.

“Consumers must be empowered with knowledge about their rights and responsibilities when accessing financial services.

“Empowered consumers are able to make informed choices, use financial services that are of value to them, and have greater control over their finance.”

Dr Raju said consumers should take advantage of the council’s public awareness programmes.

“We are aware that there are inadequate protection laws. Due to this situation, only knowledge can help a fair deal for consumers,” Dr Raju said.

“Consumers continue to be exploited by rogue traders because consumers are disorganised and are unaware of their rights.”

Council project manager Bindula Prasad said the  workshop was to enlighten consumers on their rights and obligations when accessing financial services.

She said critical areas affecting Fiji’s financial services like home loans, budgeting, and rights and responsibilities under the Consumer Credit Act 1999 were discussed.

Meanwhile, the council had a similar workshop and a community visit in the Northern Division last month whereby consumers from all walks of life took advantage of this awareness programme.

Feedback:  waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 




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