| Hakim Hayat |
SEVERAL achievements in advocating consumer protection rights within the region have been made in the past two years, it was revealed during the opening of the 10th Asean Committee on Consumer Protection (ACCP) meeting hosted by Brunei Darussalam.
In an opening speech at the three-day meeting held at the Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong yesterday, Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, Permanent Secretary (International, Economic, Finance, Research and Development) at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), shared that Myanmar has recently enacted its consumer protection law and authorities in the bloc continues to share information related to the official and voluntary recall of products.
He added that considerable progress has also been made in the development and enhancement of consumer protection matters between the ACCP and international dialogue partners and groupings such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
As host of the 10th ACCP meeting, he said Brunei looks forward to be an ideal and effective avenue to collectively work together towards the implementation and realisation of the measures and goals set under the ACCP Work Programme 2012-2015, which is a vital contribution towards the establishment of the Asean Economic Community 2015 (AEC 2015).
The closed-door meeting that gathers representatives from Asean member states and members of the Asean Secretariat will see deliberations on matters such as the development of public awareness models, among others.
Also present yesterday was the Chairperson of the ACCP, Pg Hjh Rosnah binti Pg Hj Damit, who is also Acting Director-General of the Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE).