The Consumer Affairs Division within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce, in collaboration with the National Consumers Association, celebrates World Consumer Rights Day today, 15th March, by joining a global campaign under the theme 'Building a Digital World Consumers can Trust'.
The day started with a march around Kingstown and culminates with an exhibition at the vacant site that housed the old Treasury Building. The exhibition showcases booths from the Information Technology Services Division (ITSD), Bureau of Standards, National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC), Telecommunications provider, FLOW; and the host, Department of Trade.
There were addresses by the President of the National Consumer Association, Mr. Junior Bacchus; and representatives from NTRC, ITSD, and Department of Trade.
World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD), is celebrated each year on 15th March. It is an annual occasion for celebration and solidarity within the international consumer movement, and commemorates the date, in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy first outlined the definition of Consumer Rights. The day gives the opportunity to promote the basic rights of all consumers, for demanding that those rights are respected and protected, and for protesting the market abuses and social injustices which undermine them. It was first observed on 15th March 1983, and has since become an important occasion for mobilising citizen action.