Dominica will be celebrating world consumer rights day along with the rest of the world on March 15, 2019. World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) is an awareness day, which is observed on March 15, 2019. The WCRD was first celebrated in 1983 and became an important annual occasion for mobilizing citizen action and solidarity within the international consumer movement. The day is an opportunity for promoting the basic rights of all consumers, demanding that those rights are respected and protected and protesting about the market abuses and social injustices which undermine them.
March 15 commemorates the definition of consumer rights, outlined by US President John F. Kennedy. He was the first world leader to set out a vision of consumer rights and he also recognized the importance of consumers as a group. Kennedy gave the American consumer four basic rights: the right to safety, to choose, to information and to be heard. The aim of WRCD is to celebrate solidarity within the international consumer rights movement.
Dominica’s Windsor park sports stadium forecourt will come alive on that day as many products and items will be on display. The Ministry of Trade along with the Dominica Consumer Protection Association (DCPA) will host this event. Executive member of the Dominica consumer protection Kamisha Dominique shared a few of the rights of the consumer, and what they could do, if their rights have been infringed upon, one such issue being expired products or false advertising.
She elaborated on some of the rights consumers should be aware of as well as one of the drives the association is pushing.
She explained the expo’s intention and the focus of this year’s theme.
Executive Member of the Dominica Consumer Protection Association, Kamisha Dominique
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