On Wednesday 15th March, the Consumer Affairs Department within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Commerce, in collaboration with the National Consumers Association, will be celebrating World Consumer Rights Day, by joining a global campaign under the theme 'Building a Digital World Consumers can Trust'.
Other key stakeholders include the Information Technology Services Division (ITSD), SVG Bureau of Standards, and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
Consumer organisations from around the world, in partnership with Consumers International, will be using World Consumer Rights Day as a platform to discuss the speed at which the digital economy is growing and the importance of consumer protection in the digital age.
As the Ministry charged with the responsibility to educate and protect the welfare of consumers, the Consumer Affairs Department will be joining the campaign with a number of planned activities aimed at increasing the awareness of consumers. These activities include:
- An Address by the Minister with responsibility for Consumer Affairs,
- A march around Kingstown with various stakeholders, depicting the theme,
- An exhibition at the vacant site that housed the old Treasury Building, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,
- A panel discussion on the theme “Building a Digital World Consumers can Trust” on 19th March,
- Writing of letters to clubs and organisations soliciting their assistance in promoting and utilising the topic during the year,
- Dissemination of information to schools on the theme and organising a competition to develop a 'Consumer Mascot'.
The Ministry encourages everyone to join in the celebrations, particularly in the exhibition and interactive radio programmes.
Source of article: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Commerce.