Chairman Christmas Message 2018
AS we look back over the year that was, 2018, it was indeed transformative one for us at the Consumer Protection Commission (CPC). It is appropriate then, that we reflect on our past challenges and successes, as we look with anticipation to more advancements in the field of consumer protection in the New Year.
The Government of The Bahamas appointed a new CPC Board that came into effect in July of 2018. The Commission is a Unit of the Ministry of Labor, tasked with the responsibility to inform and protect the consumer interest in The Bahamas; our enabling legislation is the Consumer Protection Act of 2006.
One of the initiatives of our Minister, Senator the Hon Dion Foulkes, was the fostering of greater harmony and cooperation between entities within his ministerial portfolio. As a consequence, regular tri-partite meetings between the Consumer Protection Commission, Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ) and the Price Commission continued and in the New Year will include other stakeholders, all in a concerted effort to harmonize and co-ordinate efforts on behalf of Bahamian consumers.
The CPC will begin shortly to launch a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in collaboration with Bahamas Information Services (BIS) and major Radio and Print Media in 2019 which further educates consumers on the work of the Commission.
CPC is also one of the arms spearheading local activities to commemorate World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) 2019, celebrated around the world annually on 15th March. We look forward to continue to progress the work of the Commission in 2019, not only in New Providence but the nation as whole as establishing Consumer Protection Offices in all of our major Family Islands. So on behalf of all CPC Board Commissioners, Management and Staff at CPC, we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, and a bright and prosperous New Year!