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Commission Awareness

Students of today are the consumers and businesses for the future, stresses the Fiji Commerce Commission Chief Executive officer, Joel Abraham. Mr Abraham was speaking during the commission’s awareness presentation
26 May 2017 12:30
Commission Awareness
Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) chief executive officer, Joel Abraham

Students of today are the consumers and businesses for the future, stresses the Fiji Commerce Commission Chief Executive officer, Joel Abraham.

Mr Abraham was speaking during the commission’s awareness presentation for students at Suva Muslim College yesterday.

Mr Abraham said the commerce commission’s roles include look at the conduct of people in the market and ensure businesses are operating ethically.

“But as far as law enforcement is concerned we have a limited staff of 62 people so we need the consumers to be our eyes and ears on the field,” he said.

He said bringing this awareness to the schools and communities allows students to know exactly what to do if they get ripped off or buy an expired product from the market.

“We want businesses to make profit but not at the expense of consumers who are vulnerable and are not aware that they have been ripped off,” he said.

So far they have conducted awareness programmes in 74 schools and communities around the country.

Since last year till date, the Commerce Commission has received about 1000 formal complaints and 2300 informal complaints.

Most complaints they get are about social media trading (taking money from people and not delivering products), misleading advertisements and charging more for products (price control items).

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