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App to ‘protect’ consumers from manipulation of prices in co-ops

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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 6: Minister of Electricity, Water, Renewable Energy, Social Affairs and Societal Development Dr Mishaan Al- Otaibi has announced the launching of the ‘Consumer’ application that is aimed at protecting consumers from manipulation of prices in cooperative societies, reports Al- Qabas daily. Speaking at the launching of the application recently, Al-Otaibi explained that the application compares prices and reports unjustified price hikes; through which the ministry takes the necessary measures to address the complaints of consumers.

On the other hand, Consumer Protection Society Chairman Mishaal Al-Manea said that the application is unique as it provides a price comparison service for cooperative societies. In this manner, the consumers will know differences in the prices of commodities sold in cooperative societies. They can file a complaint by photographing the products and submitting them to the Consumer Protection Society, he added. He pointed out that the Consumer Protection Society will then follow up complaints about the prices of goods and submit its report to the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Union of Consumer of Cooperative Societies which, in turn, will take legal measures regarding the complaint.

This is in addition to enabling consumers to submit complaints regardless of the content and even guarantee the removal of violations, he concluded. Meanwhile, the Public Authority for Youth recently launched the ‘Football Academies’ program, which is being held in eight youth centers affiliated with the authority and located in different governorates, reports Al- Rai daily. The program is witnessing a huge turnout and it aims to encourage young people to practice sports. It is held in the evening at the youth centers in Qadisiyah, Jahra, Fayhaa, Sabahiya, Shamiya, Qusour, Ardiya, and Daiya. The academies provide an opportunity for clubs to monitor distinguished players to join their ranks and pave the way for them towards sports professionalism; given that the academies program serves as incubator for sports talents to qualify, train and create spaces for them to innovate in the field of football.

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