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Contact: Adahra King



Wednesday, March 14, 2012 – On the occasion of World Consumer Rights Day, government has pledged to give the Consumer Protection Bill the attention that it deserves.



Senator the Honourable Ubaldus Raymond, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs echoed that sentiment in an address to the nation delivered to mark the important day in the consumer rights movement.



Senator Raymond says government will make every effort to cut down on the red tape surrounding the development and implementation of Consumer Legislation and Consumer Policy.



“The Government of Saint Lucia, as consumers themselves, is aware of the concerns consumers are faced with and will make every effort to ensure that policies are implemented to facilitate fair trade in the marketplace. The Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs is in the process of finalizing the draft consumer protection bill so that it can be taken to the other two stages, firstly to Cabinet for approval, and then to Parliament for enactment.”



The draft bill, Senator Raymond says, contains provisions to address the concerns expressed by consumers in dealing with the financial services and other critical sectors.



“There are provisions in the Bill dealing with Terms of Consumer Agreements with a view to addressing unfair contract terms. Provisions have also been made to address unfair practices particularly matters relating to false, misleading, or deceptive representation; matters geared towards misleading the public about goods and services, unreasonable transactions; and unconscionable representation.”



Government, Senator Raymond says, has also undergone consultations on the bill at the CARICOM level.

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