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Posted On: 8 September 2011 03:00 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:11 pm

Ministry promises price control steps

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The Ministry of Business and Trade has promised to intensify its efforts and tighten control over companies, suppliers and business owners to combat unjustifiable increases in the prices of goods and services. The Ministry said it would lodge criminal cases and take deterrent measures “as required by the provisions of laws, regulations and ministerial decrees related to consumer protection and the fight against commercial fraud, the protection of competition and the prevention of monopolistic practices”. “Emanating from its keenness to preserve the public interest and in line with the Emiri decision on the increase of salaries, the Ministry’s Consumer Protection Department will co-operate with the authorities concerned in the state to prevent price rises,” said a release issued by the Ministry in the wake of the Emiri decision that increased basic salaries, allowances and pensions of Qatari employees of state departments and military personnel. HE the Minister of Business and Trade Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz al-Thani “instructed those in charge in the Ministry to protect the income of individuals and the general public by enhancing awareness and responsibility among traders and business owners and consumers as well”. The release said that those who wanted to complain to the Consumer Protection Department at the Ministry may use the following contacts: toll-free number: 8005000; hotline: 44945500/44945550; Ministry tel: 44945555; SMS: 92665 (text - word ‘consumer’) ; and e-mail: cpd Gulf Times