Price inspection team visits market

BY JAMIL KHAN | SHARJAH

VARIOUS shopkeepers at the Dubai Central Fruits and Vegetable Market located in Al Aweer have been asked to comply with all  rules and regulations, besides providing maximum relief to the consumers.

Dr Hashem Al Nuaimi, director, Consumer Protection Department, along with other officials from the Ministry of Economy  visited different sections of central market to extend the government’s focus on affordable pricing and consumer protection across the emirates.market

Dr Nuaimi and others began a field trip from Dubai Municipality office to Dubai Central Fruits and Vegetable Market and Union Co-Operative Society on Tuesday along with a delegation from the ministry to examine the prices of over 500 commodities being offered on revised rates.

During the visit to the fruit and vegetable market, he also directed shopkeepers to display prominently the prices of all commodities.

Talking to The Gulf Today, Dr Nuaimi said that on behalf of Ministry of Economy a team of consumer protection had started visiting the markets and it was the first leg of such a visit.

“The ministry will continue to be vigilant about commodity prices across the UAE, beginning with the nation’s leading retailers participating in activities marking the fourth Gulf Consumer Protection Day,” he said.

He mentioned that so far more than 500 commodities are being offered at buying prices throughout the month of March following agreements between the Ministry and Lulu, Co-operative Society and Carrefour chains.

Dr Nuaimi appreciated that the majority of the retailers at the Al Aweer Fruit and Vegetable market participating in the ministry-led promotion.

“The ministry will call on suppliers of rice, sugar and other daily commodity items to balance the prices in wholesale and retail markets throughout the UAE,” he said.

Mohammed Hilal, CEO of Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection at the Dubai Department of Economic Development, said they are collaborating with the Ministry of Economy in monitoring prices at retail outlets in the emirate.

“The department is also launching awareness programmes in schools, universities and public arenas to educate consumers about their rights,” he said.

-Published in The Gulf Today-Sharjah | Mar 11, 2009

~ by jamilkhan on March 11, 2009.

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