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KINGSTON — The Government has moved to strengthen the authority of the Consumer Affairs Commission to resolve consumer disputes.

Speaking on Wednesday August 10 Post Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, said Cabinet has agreed to amend the Consumer Protection Act, 2005. Drafting instructions have been issued to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel to prepare the Bill.

He said that the amendments will generally improve the efficiency of the Consumer Protection Act, which provides for the protection and promotion of consumer interests, as well as the legal establishment of the Consumer Affairs Commission as a statutory body.

He said that, over the last three years, several issues have come to the fore that have highlighted the need for a revision of the Act, to address important policy issues that have been identified.

 

By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter