Cambodia sets up consumer protection committee with strong powers

PHNOM PENH, Sept. 3– Cambodia is to get a consumer protection committee with the power to jail offenders, close businesses or correct misleading information, the Khmer Times reported on Thursday. The government has issued a sub-decree on the organization and functions for the National Committee for Consumer Projection, giving it powers to investigate both…

PHNOM PENH, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) — Cambodia is to get a consumer protection committee with the power to jail offenders, close businesses or correct misleading information, the Khmer Times reported on Thursday.

The government has issued a sub-decree on the organization and functions for the National Committee for Consumer Projection (NCCP), giving it powers to investigate both brick and mortar establishments and e-commerce.

The notice was signed by Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen.

“It aims to push and promote implementation of a law on consumer protection with efficiency and make sure every trade activity is credible and honest,” the sub-decree said.

The NCCP consists of officials from the Ministries of Commerce; Economy and Finance; Interior; Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation; Justice; Posts and Telecommunications; Health; and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; the National Bank of Cambodia; the Directorate-General of Consumer Protection, Competition and Fraud Repression (CCF); and the Council of Ministers.

The NCCP will be tasked to prepare and promote the policy and strategic plan related to consumer protection and propose to the government checks and amends to the law and regulations related to consumer protection work if necessary.

In addition, it is also able to give recommendations to the commerce minister to determine dishonesty, send warning letters and also propose that the government set a date for a National Day for Consumer Protection. Enditem

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