Act Two

The private sector is calling for amendments to the Consumer Affairs Authority Act that is due to come into force on April 1, saying it has too many holes.
The Act became law on the March 17 and is due to come into effect from April 1. rn

rnAmong key concerns is the impartiality of politically appointed officials manning the Authority and the proposed Council, the body that will carry out the investigations. rn

rnSpeakers at the Chamber of Commerce seminar on Thursday also say that individuals with the talents described in the Act, up to seven full time positions required to man both organisations would not be available for government salaries. rn

rnMeanwhile, the private sector is also calling for a set of guidelines that the Authority and the Council would use as measures when investigating and adjudicating consumer grievances.rn

rnThe guidelines, the speakers say should include policies on accounting and valuation methods among others. rn

rnOther revised clauses could see manufacturers and