Sunday, October 17, 2021

Strides are underway to protect e-commerce consumer interests: Minister

"E-commerce has evolved beyond our expectations in the Covid supermarket," he said. Some companies have cheated customers, but customers also need to be more aware.

Dhaka: Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi has said that the government is working to enact appropriate laws and conduct e-commerce in an orderly manner to protect consumer interests.

“E-commerce has evolved beyond our expectations in the Covid supermarket,” he said. Some companies have cheated customers, but customers also need to be more aware.

He said the government was not avoiding him in this incident. We want to discipline this potential sector. He noted this while speaking as the chief guest at a workshop on ‘Role of ERF in creating a fair competitive environment in the market through the implementation of competition law’ organized by the Bangladesh Competition Commission and Economic Reporters Forum (ERF) at the meeting hall of Bangladesh Competition Commission in New Eskaton on Sunday.

The Commerce Minister said the media is very important in creating awareness among the general public about e-commerce. Digital commerce is becoming popular all over the world. Bangladesh is lagging behind in this regard or there is no chance to stop e-commerce due to a few rogue organizations.

He said e-commerce has gained a reputation for serving consumers during Corona. The last two Eids have played an important role in the sale and purchase of sacrificial animals.

The Commerce Minister said people need to have a clear idea about e-commerce. For this, public awareness needs to be raised, journalists can play an important role in this regard.

He mentioned that with the development of the country, the financial condition of the people has improved and the purchasing power has increased. He said that some organizations are trying to deceive the people by taking advantage of this opportunity.

He added that the organizations that have deceived people before having a lot of resources. It is possible to pay off the debts of many by selling the assets. He emphasized the government is working on these considerations.

Tipu Munshi said: “Bangladesh Competition Commission is a new body under the Ministry of Commerce, which is working to ensure fair competition in the market. He mentioned that the role of media is paramount in the implementation of competition law.”

Bangladesh Competition Commission Chairperson said in a statement Mofizul Islam said that the commission has taken steps to investigate any issues on its own initiative based on the information published through the media. Self-motivated lawsuits have been filed alleging anti-competition activities. He sought the cooperation of the media to create a fair competitive market by implementing competition laws.

Bangladesh Competition Commission member BM Saleh Uddin, among others, at the workshop. Md. Manzoor Qadir, Nasreen Begum, Barrister Mafruh Murphy, Adviser to the Commission, Sharmin Rinvi, President of Economic Reporters Forum (ERF), and SM Rashidul Islam, General Secretary spoke on the occasion.


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