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New law drafted to support consumers: Commerce Ministry

Tue Jan 03, 11:07 am

The first Afghanistan’s consumer protection act has been drafted and soon will be referred to Ministry of Justice for approval, Ministry officials of Commerce and Industry said.

The act aims to support consumers and also control the prices of commodities in local markets.

Open market system has been adopted since Karzai government which created many problems in controlling local markets.

This new economic system presented by Ministry of Commerce has been successful in many other countries but so far in Afghanistan, the time for its implementation has not come, economic experts said.

Sayed Masoud; Professor of Economics in Kabul University said unfortunately the basic conditions for running better markets and economic systems that are being successful in US, Japan and Germany, were not provided in Afghanistan.

While the people has always been criticizing the lack of government control over the market and unfair traders’ dealing.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry says with the establishment of a bureau within the Ministry seeks to create order and control over the market rate.

The ministry of Commerce and Industries has established a department named “Consumer’s Rights” and wants to fix the problems, Ministry officials said.

Hafizullah Wali Rahimi; head of newly established department said they have drafted the first consumer’s protection act, which will be presented to the ministry of Justice for approval within a week.

Recently prices of necessary items especially fuel has been increased incomparably and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry efforts to resolve the problems.

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