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What is Fiji Commerce Commission?

Bobby Maharaj – chief executive of The Fiji Commerce Commission nThe Fiji Sun is pleased to begin this new weekly column from the Fiji Commerce Commission which will appear in
11 Jan 2016 10:02
What is Fiji Commerce Commission?

Bobby Maharaj – chief executive of The Fiji Commerce Commission

nThe Fiji Sun is pleased to begin this new weekly column from the Fiji Commerce Commission which will appear in the Fiji Sun Business section every Monday. Through this column, the commission hopes to inform readers about what it does and how Fijians can benefit from the role of the commission. If there are any topics you would like for the commission to address, please email your queries to: rachnal@fijisun.com.fj

 

Fiji Commerce Commission (“FCC”) is an independent government statutory body established under Section 7 of the Commerce Commission Decree 2010.

Its function is to ensure the integrated framework for the regulation of monopoly market structures; encourage competition, prevent restrictive trade practices, ensure consumer protection, and undertake pricing of public utilities and other price controlled items.

The Commission principle agency for all competition and consumer protection issues enforcement in Fiji.

 

What Law Do we enforce?

The Fiji Commerce Commission administers the Commerce Commission Decree 2010 ad the principle legislation.

However, being a Competition and Price Regulator and a Consumer Protection agency as well, the Commission also, from time-to-time, relies on other legislations for the performance of its functions.

 

What are our Functions?

Ensuring compliance with its regulatory requirements is one of the Commission’s principal objectives.

This is achieved through the use of a variety of compliance tools, giving consideration to using the most appropriate tool necessary to obtain compliance, and when required, to promote general deterrence.

The functions of Commission are stipulated under Section 15 of the Commerce Commission Decree.

The major function of the Commission includes administration of the Commerce Commission Decree 2010.

In carrying out this function, the Commission is required to advise the Minister about the proposed access agreements and other matters relating to consumer protection and competition in the Fijian markets.

Also arbitration of disputes about access to infrastructure facilities and services under access regimes, prompting consumer interest, promote interests, trade and commerce.

It also receives and considers consumer complaints, investigations into the consumer protection and competition matters, dissemination of information and price regulation, authorisation of mergers and acquisitions, carrying out research  amongst others.

 

Where are we based?

The Commission’s headquarters is based at Level 1, Garden City Complex Raiwaqa.

Our regional officers are based on Lautoka and Labasa. To serve the public better, we have fully-operational centres in Rakiraki, Sigatoka, Levuka, Rotuma, Taveuni and Savusavu.

We are looking at expanding our presence to other maritime zones this year.

Follow us in this weekly column to find out more about what we do and how you can benefit from the Fiji Commerce Commission.

Feedback:  rachnal@fijisun.com.fj

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