By Maimuna Sey-Jawo
Members of the Gambia Association of the Deaf benefitted from a training on consumer rights last week.
It was organised by the Gambia Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, (GCCPC) who said the training was in fulfillment of its consumer awareness mandate.
The training centered on the Competition Act, 2017 and the Consumer Protection Act, 2014 which aims to promote healthy competitive markets and enhance consumer welfare for the benefit of the Gambian economy.
Amadou Ceesay, executive secretary of GCCPC, said the constitution called for the inclusion of the disabled in the running of the affairs of the state.
“Our mission is to make markets work well for the benefit of consumers [including the disabled].”
Ceesay said GCCPC is “mandated under the Consumer Protection Act 2014 to protect consumers from unfair and misleading market conduct and the establishment of a consumers protection tribunal to hear complaints and offer remedies to consumers in the event of a breach of the 2014 Act.”
Douro Loum, a member of the deaf association, thanked GCCPC for having the deaf in its thoughts. He expressed hope that “the forum will go a long way in addressing some of the challenges the Deaf are facing in the market in terms of buying and selling.”