Myanmar finally gets consumer protection law

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MYANMAR-US-DRINKMyanmar is preparing to enact a consumer protection law in a bid to ensure safety of locally manufactured products, Khin Maung Lay, Director General of the Ministry of Commerce, said according to Eleven Myanmar.

“The key point is to protect the consumers, and there are also promises [we] made to the other ASEAN countries. Meanwhile, if something goes wrong, the parties concerned seek a solution together, rather than getting punished,” the director general said during a workshop on consumer protection at the ministry office in Yangon.

“Five nations of the ASEAN have already legislated on consumer protection. Myanmar will also enact the law in 2013. Once the law is passed, there will be effective legal enforcement,” he added.

The consumer protection bill has been submitted to the parliament and it is to be discussed in coming parliamentary session, other sources confirmed.

“As there are locally manufactured products, there are imported goods that come from foreign countries. They need to be approved by the FDA [Food and Drugs Administration] and are required to meet certain standards. Only FDA-approved products are allowed to enter. But, It’s hard to hold responsible the illegal foreign products,” Khin Maung Lay said.

“If the goods illegally enter, there will be no guarantee for the public. Our desire is to improve the standards of locally manufactured goods,” he remarked.

In the recent months, some foreign-imported products such as palm oil had quality problems in Myanmar. The authorities said the were taking action on the issue and pledged to encourage the use of specific logos and brands for products in the market.

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Myanmar is preparing to enact a consumer protection law in a bid to ensure safety of locally manufactured products, Khin Maung Lay, Director General of the Ministry of Commerce, said according to Eleven Myanmar.

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MYANMAR-US-DRINKMyanmar is preparing to enact a consumer protection law in a bid to ensure safety of locally manufactured products, Khin Maung Lay, Director General of the Ministry of Commerce, said according to Eleven Myanmar.

“The key point is to protect the consumers, and there are also promises [we] made to the other ASEAN countries. Meanwhile, if something goes wrong, the parties concerned seek a solution together, rather than getting punished,” the director general said during a workshop on consumer protection at the ministry office in Yangon.

“Five nations of the ASEAN have already legislated on consumer protection. Myanmar will also enact the law in 2013. Once the law is passed, there will be effective legal enforcement,” he added.

The consumer protection bill has been submitted to the parliament and it is to be discussed in coming parliamentary session, other sources confirmed.

“As there are locally manufactured products, there are imported goods that come from foreign countries. They need to be approved by the FDA [Food and Drugs Administration] and are required to meet certain standards. Only FDA-approved products are allowed to enter. But, It’s hard to hold responsible the illegal foreign products,” Khin Maung Lay said.

“If the goods illegally enter, there will be no guarantee for the public. Our desire is to improve the standards of locally manufactured goods,” he remarked.

In the recent months, some foreign-imported products such as palm oil had quality problems in Myanmar. The authorities said the were taking action on the issue and pledged to encourage the use of specific logos and brands for products in the market.

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