Posted on June 24, 2016

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has launched unannounced inspection campaigns targeting retail outlets across the country to ensure the compliance of suppliers with law number (8) of 2008 on consumer protection. 

The inspection campaigns come within the framework of the ministry's Ramadan initiatives under the theme #Aqal_Min_Al_Wajeb," the Arabic for "#the_least_we_can_do." The ministry has intensified its campaigns ahead of and during the holy month of Ramadan in a bid to monitor markets and commercial activity in order to crack down on price manipulation and protect consumer rights. The inspection campaign targeted 1400 outlets, resulted in 19 fines. Violations included price increase without the consent, charging a price higher than advertised, the failure to declare the price, and selling fruits and vegetables at a higher price.

The ministry stressed that it will not tolerate any violations of the Consumer Protection Law and its regulations, and will intensify its inspection campaigns to crackdown on violations. The ministry said it will refer those who violate laws and ministerial decrees to competent authorities, who will in turn take appropriate action against perpetrators in order to protect consumer rights.