Consumer Protection Law to be effective from March 2015 in Oman
December 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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Muscat: Citizens and residents can enjoy the rights and choices of the newly approved Consumer Protection Law from March 2015.

The law approved through a Royal Decree has been welcomed by consumers and industry experts who have termed it as much needed for the market.

Meanwhile, with the issuance of the Consumer Protection Law, public concern has risen about the Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP)'s right to control the prices of only 23 products while the prices of all other commodities would be left to the vagaries of market forces.

"Things will become clearer only after the activation of the Consumer Protection Law from March 2015. Besides we are awaiting the announcement about commercial agency law," said a reliable source at the PACP.

He added that the issue concerns the Council of Ministers who issued the law and therefore everybody has to await the update.

Salim Al Mashani, Majlis Al Shura member, felt that the new Consumer Protection Law is comprehensive.

"I think the new law has been brought to control all market commodities," he said.

In June this year numerous citizens and officials, including Majlis Al Shura members had expressed disappointment over the decision to limit the authority of the Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP), to control the price of only 23 products.

Following this His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said through a Royal Directive had postponed the decision till the issuance of the Consumer Protection Law.

Hussein Al Rahbi, a Muscat resident hopes the council of ministers would leave the control of all market commodities to the PACP. He expects the PACP to control all the market commodities.

Addressing the current crisis in the oil prices, Al Mashani called on the PACP to control traders and suppliers.

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