Ministry of Economy organizes media briefing on consumer protection & Ramadan 2019 preparationsMay 5, 2019
(MENAFN – Editorial) The UAE Ministry of Economy (MoE) organized a media briefing on consumer protection measures in the UAE, with a focus on preparations and measures to welcome Ramadan 2019. The session, which also reviewed the decisions and recommendations of the Higher Committee for Consumer Protection, was chaired by H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy.
Dr. Hashim Al Nuaimi, Director of the Competitiveness and Consumer Protection Department at the Ministry of Economy, reviewed the efforts and initiatives undertaken by the Ministry in cooperation with its partners from various federal and local governmental authorities and the private and cooperative sectors in all emirates of the UAE. These will enable sound business practices, protection of consumers, safeguard their rights and promote consumer awareness, thereby enhancing market stability.
Consumer protection initiatives in the Year of Tolerance
Dr. Al Nuaimi explained that MoE has launched two initiatives during this Year of Tolerance to ensure the happiness and satisfaction of consumers.
• Initiative to facilitate release of vehicles abandoned at maintenance workshops due to inability to pay fines and outstanding dues
The Ministry has contacted both the agencies and the owners of 580 vehicles that were abandoned at car dealerships’ workshops in various emirates for more than 6 months due to default payments. They were contacted to find solutions to the issues and to resolve them. The Ministry’s efforts resulted in the release of the vehicles from the workshops.
• Free technical inspection at dealers’ workshops
Al Nuaimi explained that the Ministry, in cooperation with car dealerships and with the approval of the Car Committee, has launched an initiative that allows car owners to avail free technical inspections of their cars at the agencies’ workshops during this Year of Tolerance.
Intensive meetings with suppliers and outlets
Al Nuaimi said that MoE, represented by the Competition and Consumer Protection Department, has held around 50 meetings with suppliers of commodities to ensure the availability of stocks and stability of prices. He pointed out that suppliers and traders have confirmed their commitment to addressing the needs of local markets in terms of goods and products in order to avoid any shortage of commodities throughout the year, especially during Ramadan season.
He further added that the daily import of vegetables and fruits to Dubai’s market during the holy month of Ramadan will be around 23,000-25,000 tons, while the imports by Abu Dhabi traders will exceed 4,500 tons daily. The current stock of vegetables and fruits has increased to around 130,000 tons this year, thanks to the recent advancements in storage refrigerators in both Al Mina Fruit and Vegetable Souk in Abu Dhabi and Dubai’s Al Aweer Central Fruit and Vegetable Market.
5,000 locked price items in 2019
Dr. Al Nuaimi said that the price…