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Business & Economy
Written By: Shuaib M. al-Mosawa
Article Date: Mar 19, 2012 - 7:54:05 PM
Twelve million Yemeni consumers, with approximately three million under the poverty line, live in an environment threatened by consumption risks, said the Yemeni Consumer Protection Association.
In a workshop organized by the association on March 14, it said that the consumption environment “lacks the umbrella of efficient and effective legislative and institutional protection and suffer from shortcomings in the procedures and effective measures, which has made consumers lose confidence in the market environment…”
Fathl Mukbil, Head of the Consumer Protection Association, said one of the main tasks of the association is to work towards reducing the fees of money transfers, which according to Mukbil costs the consumer a considerable amount. According to the association one of the main risks threatening consumers is a lack of food security as recent studies indicate that 35 percent of children suffer from a lack of food.
Many children also lack access to health care. There are irregularities both at the level of the trading of consumer goods and on the level of the provision of basic services.
On International Consumer Day the association said it endeavours to have consumers voices officially heard and represented.