March 14, 2018
Every year on 15th March, the international community celebrates World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD). This year’s theme, Making Digital Market Places Fairer, picks up where last year’s Building a Digital World Consumers Can Trust left off.
WCRD is an opportunity to promote the basic rights of all consumers, for demanding that those rights are respected and protected, and for highlighting the market abuses and social injustices which undermine them.
The Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) is pleased to be playing an integral role once again this year, in the commemoration of WCRD in The Bahamas.
Our activities will revolve around this year’s theme as determined by Consumers International (CI), the global federation of consumer organizations.
Local activities include an Official opening ceremony and exhibition at the Mall at Marathon Keynote Speaker Minister Of Labor Dion Foulkes and in Freeport, Grand Bahama at the C A Smith Building.
The exhibitions are being coordinated by the Consumer Welfare Unit, Ministry of Labor.
The Nassau exhibition will be held from March 13th – 15th and the Freeport exhibition from March 12th -16th.
The Consumer Voice, CPC’s official publication, will publish its fourth year anniversary edition on 21st March, and will also speak extensively to this year’s WCRD theme.
Whilst consumers undoubtedly benefit from the increased access, choice and convenience that digital technologies deliver, there is a need to bring clarity and focus to consumer issues related to e-commerce and digital markets such as access, scams that highlight the need for increased digital consumer protection.
A community forum is also being planned for 18th April 2018 to further address these important issues.
Making digital marketplaces fairer
E-commerce has transformed the way that people shop, giving consumers more choice than ever before.
For World Consumer Rights Day 2018, we’re calling for access to fair and secure internet for all, action against scams and fraud, and better consumer protection online.
The CPC’s mission is to empower consumers and spread awareness about consumer rights, consumer protection and regulations by building a well-informed community of discerning consumers.
The Consumer Protection Commission is located in the Teachers & Salaried Workers Credit Union Building, East Street South.