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CCC's Chairman Dr. Haraksingh attends the inaugural meeting of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Consumer Protection Law and Policy in Geneva

Tuesday October 18, 2016

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CCC's Chairman Dr. Haraksingh Attends The Inaugural Meeting Of The Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Consumer Protection Law and Policy in Geneva

Dr. Kusha Haraksingh, Chairman of the CARICOM Competition Commission is participating this week at the special invitation of UNCTAD in the inaugural meeting of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Consumer Protection Law and Policy at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.

The meeting is authorized by a resolution of the UN general Assembly to launch the revised UN guidelines for consumer protection, a set of principles for setting out the main characteristics of effective legislation, enforcement institutions and redress systems. The revised guidelines are of special importance for the Caribbean as unlike the existing 1985 guidelines, they now include disciplines in ecommerce and financial services. Dr. Haraksingh was a member of the working group which advocated the addition of these new areas.

The meeting noted that despite the rapid growth of ecommerce, many consumers are reluctant to take advantage of the available welfare gains because of concerns about the misuse of their personal data. The meeting also noted that improved financial education strategies that promote financial literacy would assist consumers better to understand their rights in the area of financial services and ensure greater transparency and responsible business conduct by financial service providers and their authorized agents.

In Geneva Dr. Haraksingh will also be participating in the UNCTAD Research Partnership Platform of which he is a founding member. This is a group of academics and practitioners concerned with research on issues and challenges faced by developing countries in the area of competition and consumer protection.

Later this week, also at the special invitation of UNCTAD, Dr. Haraksingh will participate in the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy. That meeting will examine the interface between competition law and intellectual property issues, the food retail sector, the relationship between competition authorities and the judiciary, and strategies for ensuring private sector compliance with competition law.




CARICOM Competition Commission Quarterly Report April-June 2016

August 1, 2016

CARICOM Competition Quarterly Report April-June 2016

This report highlights the work of the CARICOM Competition Commission (Commission) for the second quarter of 2016, in the areas of competition law and policy, and consumer welfare and protection of consumer interests in the CSME. The work of the Commission is guided by the Commission’s mandate under Chapter VIII of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC). Consequently, the document is structured to highlight the relevant provisions within the RTC under which each activity falls.

For the full report, please click here.

CCC Launches Investigation Into CWC’s Agreement To Acquire Columbus International Pursuant To Article 175 (6) Of The RTC

27 May 2016

CCC launches investigation into CWC’s Agreement to Acquire Columbus International Pursuant to Article 175 (6) of the RTC  

The CARICOM Competition Commission (“the Commission”) advises the public of the launch of an investigation into the agreement by Cable and Wireless Communications Plc (“CWC”) to acquire Columbus International Inc. (“Columbus”) pursuant to Article 175 (6) of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC).

 For the full statement pleas click here

CARICOM Competition Commission Quarterly Report January – March 2016

May 06, 2016

CARICOM Competition Commission  Quarterly Report  January – March 2016

This report highlights the work of the CARICOM Competition Commission (Commission) for the first quarter of 2016, in the areas of competition law and policy, and consumer welfare and protection of consumer interests in the CARICOM region. The work of the Commission is guided by the institution’s mandate under Chapter VIII of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC). Consequently, the document is structured to highlight the relevant provisions within the RTC under which each activity falls.

For the full report please click here.

World Consumer Rights Day 2016 Activities

Each year on March 15th, we celebrate World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD). WCRD provides an opportunity for national and regional consumer organisations to draw attention to the important role that consumer protection policies and laws play in making societies safer and fairer. There is a greater awareness and demand by consumers for their rights to be respected and protected. In the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC) sets the minimum standards for consumer protection which Member States are expected to provide to their citizens under Articles 184 and 185 of the RTC. 

This year the theme for WCRD is Antibiotics off the menu. According to Consumers International (CI) antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health facing consumers today. If urgent action is not taken to tackle antibiotic resistance consumers could face a future where common infections and minor injuries can lead to death. CI is calling for global time bound commitments to end the routine use of antibiotics in human medicine, across all meat and poultry supply chains. In CARICOM, agencies with consumer protection mandates such as the CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) and the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) support consumer agencies and NGOs in warning of the dangers of antibiotic resistance to our health, and its impact on our food security as a region.

For the  list of activities in some of the Member States, please click here.

Joint Statement CCC & CAHFSA on WCRD 2016


                 JOINT STATEMENT BY THE CCC AND CAHFSA FOR WCRD 2016

                                           ANTIBIOTICS RESISTANCE!


For WCRD 2016, the international consumer protection community is once again tackling the issue of consumer health and diets. The focus in 2015, was on encouraging consumers to make smarter decisions on the foods they eat, while calling on food producers to reduce the level of salt, sugar and fat found in processed foods.

For the full statement please click here.

CARICOM Competition Commission Quarterly Report October-December 2015

February 24, 2016

This report highlights the work of the CARICOM Competition Commission (Commission) for the fourth quarter of 2015, in the areas of competition law and policy, and consumer welfare and protection in the CARICOM region. The work of the Commission is guided by the institution’s mandate under Chapter VIII of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC). Consequently, the document is structured to highlight the relevant provisions within the RTC under which each activity falls.

For the full report please click here.

CCC hosts consumer meeting with Ministry of Trade and Industry and Consumentenkring

February 23, 2016


CARICOM Competition Commission hosts consumer meeting with Ministry of Trade and Industry and Consumentenkring