Gambia Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (GCCPC); a statutory body
established in 2009 to enforce the country’s 2007 Competition Act and to
administer the consumer Protection Act of 2014, Tuesday organized a day-long
capacity building for councilors of the Kanifing Municipal Councilors (KMC).
Held at the KMC conference hall, the training was aim at creating awareness for the Councilors to widen their understanding on the Competition Act of 2007 and Consumer Protection Act of 2014 and on key concepts of competition and Consumer Law.
Deputy Mayor Musa Bah acknowledged that the training will enable them as local policy makers the opportunity to understand the rights and privileges of the consumers. “As of now, we have limited understanding of what consumer protection is all about.”
According to him, to safeguard consumer interest, 6 consumer rights were initially envisioned by consumer right activists in Europe and America, saying the training will give them most of what he mentioned.
Mr. Bah challenged the councilors to fully participate in the deliberation to ensure that by the time the training is completed, they will be well equipped with the requisite information they need to create awareness about the demand of protecting and respecting the consumer rights and also complaining.
Executive Secretary of GCCPC Amadou Ceesay said the forum is one of many avenues which the commission uses to enlighten stakeholders on the importance of competition and consumer protection.
The forum, he went on, would also give them the opportunity to share best experience and views on the practical application of these concepts.
“The training is part of efforts to ensure that we reach every consumer in the country. As the largest municipality, we are targeting Urban Gambia. The idea is to start with the councilors and then proceed to the wards, as we have just concluded a similar exercise upcountry,” he explained.
Mr. Ceesay further assured the councilors that they are committed to making sure that consumers are not misled. “We have a role to prevent unconscionable conduct between business and consumers as enshrined in the consumer protection Act 2014.”