Namibian commerce body pushes for enactment of consumer protection act


The northern branch of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce & Industry (NCCI) has urged authorities to speed up the process leading up to the enactment of the consumer protection act.

The Chamber said this during their first Executive Committee meeting held on Thursday in Ongwediva, northern town of Namibia.

In a statement received by Xinhua, the Chairperson of NCCI, Tomas Koneka Iindji, urged government to accelerate the process of the law that protects consumers and said that the act is set to empower consumers to lodge complaints about the service provider while it will promote ethical business practice.

Iindji said that consumer protection covers a wide range of topics, which include product liability, privacy rights, unfair business practices, fraud, misrepresentation, and other business interactions.

“This act is pivotal for our development agenda in many ways. The law will force service providers to explain their products and services better and vehemently protect the interests of the consumer,” he added.

Moreover, he said the Consumer Protection Act is tipped to promote a fair, accessible and sustainable market place for consumer products and services.

At the same event, the committee also welcomed the tax amnesty by the Namibian government which will start on Feb.1

The tax amnesty will see penalties waved 100 percent and interest reduced by 80 percent provided that outstanding capital has been fully paid.

“We thank the government for such consideration and urge our members to honour their tax obligations,” the statement read. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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