Posted on June 23, 2017

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) has said it detected 199 violations during its inspection campaigns in the Holy Month of Ramadan and vowed to continue the raid on stores selling men's and women's clothing, ready-made garments, kids' clothing, perfumes, accessories, shoes and jewellery before and during Eid Al Fitr holiday.

The violations detected during inspections of more than 4,000 shops included not attaching price tags on items, non-compliance with prices bulletin of vegetables and fruits, running promotions without permit and the absence of services price list, among others. The ministry said the campaign would also include fruit and vegetable stores, sweets and nuts shops, men's and women's salons, car wash centres as well as promotions in the market. The intensive inspection campaigns comes within a series of initiatives launched by the ministry to mark the Holy Month of Ramadan 1438 A.H under the theme "#Aqal_Min_Al_Wajeb", which means "#the_least_we_can _do".

The ministry had announced a plan to conduct 24/7 inspections during and after Ramadan to monitor compliance with Law No (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection and regulations governing the practice of commercial activities. The sanctions imposed for breaching the law ranges from administrative closure to financial penalties ranging from QR3,000 to QR1 million. The MEC said it would refer the violators to competent authorities for necessary actions to protect consumers' rights. The MEC urged all merchants and shop owners to comply with the law and circulars issued by the ministry and the necessity of ensuring the provision of products and services of high quality to the consumer.

The MEC also urged all customers to report any violations through the following channels: Hotline: 16001, e-mail: info@mec.gov.qa, Twitter: @MEC_Qatar, Instagram: MEC_Qatar, MEC mobile app: MEC_Qatar.

source: Qatar Tribune

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