Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller says the Government will ask the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) to monitor the price of food items, in light of the increases to some goods and services.
“We are going to speak to the Consumer Affairs Commission to see what they can do in monitoring the prices, so that the consumers will not be treated in an unreasonable way,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said in an interview with JIS News, on Thursday, April 4, at the Office of the Prime Minister.
This comes in light of the decline of the Jamaican dollar against the United States dollar, and the price increases that could result.
The Consumer Affairs Commission is a government agency established to inform, educate and empower consumers to protect themselves in the marketplace.
The work of the Commission is three pronged: it engages in market research, provides complaint resolution services and run a vibrant consumer education programme. All the services provided by the Commission are free, as the organization is fully funded by Government.
The CAC operates under the Trade Act of 1955 and the Consumer Protection Act of 2005.
By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter