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Contact:  Kerwin Xavier


Wednesday 11 May 2011 –  Saint Lucia welcomes two law interns from the University of Quebec in Montreal to assist the Department of Consumer Affairs strengthen the country's consumer protection laws.


Intern Ms. Johannie Dellaire says the purpose of his visit is to compare the CARICOM draft model law and the consumer protection act in Saint Lucia cross referencing it with the existing consumer law in Quebec.


“It is all about trying to strengthen the laws in Saint Lucia and trying to make sure  that  consumer protection is being improved in Saint Lucia by utilizing the best practices.”  


Delairre will be joined by his fellow intern Philip Andre Rodriguez, whose focus will be on consumer protection within the context of the CARICOM treaty.


Director of Consumer Affairs Philip Mc Clauren views the exchange as an opportunity for mutual capacity building. 


“We also expect out of the internship the development of an education manual that is going to guide the department in terms of  educational and public outreach programmes.  Miss Delairre is going to be allowed to work with a number of  units within the department.”


Mc Clauren says the exercise undertaken by the interns will allow Saint Lucia to harmonize its current consumer protection laws with that of the CARICOM community.  


The interns will be attached to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Consumer Affairs for a period of two months.

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