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Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Charles Sinclair, Jnr., has lauded the efforts of the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) in educating consumers about their rights.
“Recently we have seen where the CAC, through its Research Department, has commenced the monthly and, in some cases, fortnightly publication of grocery and petrol prices in national papers. A move that must be lauded without hesitation, as we are now experiencing tough times within our economy”, he stated.
The Mayor also called on consumers to take the time to understand their internationally accepted rights.
“We must take the necessary steps, on our part as consumers, to help bring our country to balance,” he said.
“As informed consumers, we have a responsibility to choose wisely, knowing that every decision will impact our ability to purchase goods and services, in an environment that is customer service oriented,” he added.
Mayor Sinclair was bringing greetings at the CAC World Consumer Rights Day 2009 Road March and Plaza Beat, at Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, on Monday (March 16).
The event formed part of a series of activities observing World Consumer Rights Day on Sunday (March 15), aimed at encouraging the empowerment of the consumers. World Consumer Rights Day was observed this year under the theme: “Be a Smart Consumer: Empower Yourself.”
With hundreds of adults and students from across western Jamaica in attendance, the Mayor implored all gathered to support the mission of the CAC, which seeks to educate and sensitize Jamaicans on their rights and obligations in their capacity as consumers.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CAC, Dolsie Allen, in her address, encouraged consumers to always be resilient and prepared to stand up for their rights.
She also outlined some of the activities that the CAC will embark on over the next week in commemorating World Consumer Rights Day 2009, and pleaded with consumers to be more vigilant and alert in their purchasing decisions.

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