Kuwaiti authorities ramp up market oversight ahead of Eid Al-Adha

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A file photo of the MOCI team inspecting the cooperative society.

KUWAIT CITY, June 5: As Eid Al-Adha draws near, Kuwait’s markets are experiencing heightened regulatory activity aimed at safeguarding consumers from price hikes and exploitation. According to sources familiar with the matter, the Commercial Control and Consumer Protection Sector within the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has deployed teams of commercial inspectors across various departments and emergency teams in the markets, as reported by the Al-Anba newspaper.

Close coordination between the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor has led to the organization of a specialized professional workshop. The workshop aims to facilitate the exchange of experiences between inspectors from both ministries, focusing on comparing prices of vegetables and fruits in cooperative societies and the fruit market. This collaborative effort is geared towards promoting transparency and protecting consumer rights.

Recent monitoring campaigns conducted by emergency teams, particularly in Jahra and Farwaniya, have resulted in the identification of violations and issuance of notices to non-compliant cooperative societies. Legal procedures are underway to address these violations effectively.

The Jahra and Farwaniya emergency teams continue their daily inspection tours, resulting in the registration of seizure reports for shops and commercial stalls found to violate relevant laws and regulations. These initiatives underscore the authorities’ commitment to ensuring consumer protection and market transparency.

In anticipation of increased consumer demand leading up to Eid Al-Adha, supervisory teams have conducted comprehensive inspection tours of commercial markets. A special focus has been placed on stores selling women’s shoes, bags, and fabrics, verifying the origin of goods, and ensuring compliance with announced prices and documentation requirements in Arabic and English.

These proactive measures aim to uphold consumer rights, prevent price manipulation, and foster fair and transparent trading practices during the festive season.

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