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$44,000 plus in spot fines passed to Government

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$44,000 plus in spot fines passed to Government The Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism Shaheen Ali receiving the cheque from Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission chief executive officer Joel Abraham. Photo: Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) remitted to the Ministry of Industry Trade and Tourism (MITT) $44,700.

This is a collection of trader spot fines. A total of 184 traders were spot fined during the one-year period from January 2017– January 2018, for failure to comply with the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission Act 2010 (FCCC Act 2010).

In particular traders were found to be in breach of Section 52 ‘Prohibited Acts’ such as overcharging, Section 54 ‘Failing to Indicate Prices’ and Section 56 ‘Failure to Keep Proper Records’.

While receiving the cheque, Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Shaheen Ali, said the remittance was a significant result of teamwork and showcased the Commission’s commitment towards ensuring consumer protection and promoting compliance to the FCCC Act 2010.

He said the spot fines should act as a deterrent for other traders, businesses and service providers, who would be held liable for their actions if caught to be non-compliant.

Commission chief executive officer Joel Abraham said they were continuously working towards improved systems, which would allow for better monitoring and ensure traders and businesses comply with FCCC Act 2010.

Mr Abraham said: “Proactive measures taken, in issuing notices to traders and businesses to be in compliance with the FCCC Act, 2010. However, when traders fail to adhere to the notices, they will face enforcement action.” He also said the support from the Government, particularly the MITT, had greatly assisted FCCC in ensuring successful operations. Going forward we anticipate continued support from the Ministry which is instrumental in achieving the overall goals and objectives of the FCCC.

Source: The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission

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