Government seeks for help from stakeholders in the competition act enforcement

Government has asked for help from stakeholders in the effective enforcement of the Competition and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

Commerce, Trade and Industry Deputy Minister, Lwipa Puma says there is need for stakeholders to complement on the efforts being made by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC).

Officiating at a stakeholder capacity building workshop for effective implementation of the new competition and consumer protection act, Dr. Puma highlighted the need for a healthy competition culture.

He however noted the lack of awareness among consumers as being a hindrance in effective consumer protection.

Dr. Puma further bemoaned the absence of partnerships between government and Civil Society Organizations.

The one day workshop has attracted participation of stakeholders from various organizations including COMESA, and the academics.

And speaking earlier CUTS International Zambia Board Chairperson Love Mtesa said lack of education on the law has contributed to the ineffective of the law.

Mr. Mtesa said the workshop is aimed at looking at other forms of hindrances in effective implementation of the law.

And speaking at the same occasion, COMESA Director Competition George Lipimile said competition is cardinal in regional integration.

Mr. Lipimile added that an effective consumer law forces players to ensure a level playing field for all stakeholders.

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