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World Consumer Rights Day activities for The Bahamas
Mar 14, 2017 - 12:22:24 AM

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Every year on the 15th March the international community celebrates World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD).

WCRD is an opportunity to promote the basic rights of all consumers, for demanding that those rights are respected and protected, and for protesting the market abuses and social injustices which undermine them.

The Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) is pleased to be playing an integral role this year, in the commemoration of WCRD in The Bahamas. Our activities will revolve around this year’s theme ‘Building a Digital World Consumers Can Trust’, as determined by Consumers International (CI), the global federation of consumer organizations.

Local activities include exhibitions at the Mall at Marathon here in Nassau, and at the C.A. Smith Building in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The exhibitions are being coordinated by the Consumer Welfare Unit, Ministry of Labour & National Insurance.

The Nassau exhibition will be held from March 15th – 17th and the Freeport exhibition during the week of March 13th. The CPC will be a part of both exhibitions.

The Consumer Voice, now in its fourth year, and now also the official publication of the CPC, will also publish its anniversary edition on 15th March; it too will speak extensively to this year’s WCRD theme.

Whilst consumers undoubtedly benefit from the increased access, choice and convenience that digital technologies deliver, questions remain about how to improve the quality of services, which online services consumers can trust, what happens to the data they share online and what consumers’ rights are in relation to digital products.

A Symposium is also being planned for May 18th 2017 at the University of The Bahamas to further address these important issues.

The CPC’s mission is to empower consumers and spread awareness about consumer rights, consumer protection and regulations towards building a well-informed community of discerning consumers.

The Consumer Protection Commission is located in the Teachers & Salaried Workers Credit Union Building, East St. South, Nassau.

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