A group photograph of participants of Consumers Conference organized by the FPCCI Standing Committee on Consumer Rights with Chief Guest Ms.Rahat Kounain, Chairperson, Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP).Mr.Haroon Rasheed VP FPCCI, presided over the Conference. Prominent among the picture are Mr. Izhar- ul- Hassan, Advisor to the Chief Minister Sindh, Huma Bukhari, FPCCI Standing Committee, Mr.Siddique Sheikh, Mr.Siraj Aziz CEO, Habib Metropolitan Bank, Mr.Wahab Somroo, Additional Commissioner Karachi.
Karachi (PR): To commemorate the World Consumer Day 2012, Consumers Conference was jointly organized on 15th March 15, 2012, by the Standing Committee OF Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Consumer Rights Council of Sindh CRO) and the Consumer Welfare Forum in the Auditorium of the Federation House Karachi. The Theme of the World Consumer Day 2012 is OUR MONEY, OUR RIGHTS.
The Conference started at 10:00 AM and concluded at 2.15PM .Panel discussions held on different topics such as “Quackery” ‘Standards & Quality” Implementation & Enforcement of Consumer Laws ““Consumer Financing” “Cartelization”.
Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan, Khawaja Izharul Hassan, Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh. Mr. Ahmed Chinoy, Chief of CPLC & CRC, Mr. Pir Bakhsh Jamil Director General PSQCA. Mr. Wahab Soomro, Additional Commisssoner Karachi, Dr. Saifur Rehman Deputy Commissioner Karachi Central, Mr. Siraj Aziz , CEO Habib Metropolitan Bank . Dr. Iqbal Panhwar well knew Economist, Dr. Aziz Khan Tank Chairman Quacery Committee of PMA. Me. Hamid Maker Chairman Helpline Trust, Mr, Sidiq Shaikh of FPCCI and Mr. Johar Qanhari of KATI were among the prominent panelists.
Mr. Rahat Kounain, Chairperson Completion Commission of Pakistan atented the Conference as the Chief Gust and gave a very informative and fruitful presentation on “Consumer awareness on cooption vs. Deceptive marketing practices”.
At the close of each Panel discussion, the participants of the Conference passed different Resolutions concerning the topic of discussions giving suggestions and proposing solutions of the problems of Consumers.
The Conference was inaugurated by. Pir Mazharul Haq, Senior Minister of Government of Sindh for Education .Earlier Ms. Huma Bukhari Chairperson of Standing Committee OF FPCCI on Consumer Rights protection and president of Consumer Welfare Forum welcomed the panelists and the participants. She said that the Conference was reprehensive of the feelings and thoughts every one as each and every citizen is a Consumer in one way or the other.
While concluding the conference Mr. Haroon Rashid, Vice President the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) appreciated the organizers. He said that this event shows our interest in highlighting consumer rights. We believe that consumer is the least protected element of the society. He further added that although punishments have been given against cartelization but no action is yet taken against smugglers, mal-practitioners and people who under-invoice. He also said that government should deal with these elements with iron hand. He also suggested imprisonment because penalties, in terms of fines, are a very small fraction of profits such elements make. He also emphasized upon Sindh government for enactment of Consumer Protection Law in Sindh. At the end he expressed his gratitude to the organizers and speakers of the conference.
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