UAE participates in 4th GCC Consumer Protection Committee meeting in Kuwait

DUBAI: Mohammed Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Al Shehhi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Economy, has stressed the UAE’s keenness to enact legislation that protects consumers’ rights in light of the Ministry’s vision to create a fair and competitive economic environment that guarantees the rights of all parties.

He made his comments during the 4th GCC Consumer Protection Committee Meeting held recently in Kuwait which brought together Under-Secretaries from the Ministries of the GCC member states as well as chiefs of consumer protection agencies in the region.

The meeting was aimed at unifying GCC efforts and translating them in a way that promotes and safeguards the rights and responsibilities of consumers.

The U.A.E. delegation to the meeting, which was led by Mr. Al Shehhi, included Humaid bin Butti Al Muhairi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Commercial Affairs, Dr. Hashim Saeed Al Nuaimi, Director of the Consumer Protection Department and Abdullah Mohammed Al Shamsi from the Department of Government Communications.

Commending the efforts of the GCC countries, Al Shehhi emphasised the need to adopt the decisions and recommendations that have emerged out of the 4th GCC Consumer Protection Committee Meeting.

While reviewing the integration of the outcomes of the third meeting held in September 2014, he pointed out that the GCC Supreme Council’s approval is awaited on the implementation of a unified consumer protection system for the GCC countries. He added that plans are underway for establishing a competent technical committee that will oversee the preparation of executive regulations in consumer protection.

The meeting proposed the launch of a unified consumer protection website that will be available to citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on 15th May during the next GCC Consumer Protection Committee Meeting in Kuwait. The management of the website will be distributed among the GCC countries where each country will hold responsibility to enter its own data on commodity prices and other consumer related information.

In addition to addressing the issue of recalling defective goods and the creation of a unified centre for the management of the recall process, the meeting announced the formation of a committee to study Saudi Arabia’s suggestion of formulating a unified law for goods.

The GCC committee for trade cooperation decided at its 46th meeting in October 2012 to further activate the GCC Consumer Protection Committee so that it holds four regular meetings throughout the year.