Workshop focuses on strengthening consumer financial protection in Tavua

28/11/2011 16:31

The Consumer Council of Fiji will be holding a two day workshop focusing on strengthening consumer financial protection in Tavua on 29 and 30 November. The Workshop will be opened by Mr. Joeli Cawaki, Commissioner Western.

The workshop conducted under Council’s European Union [EU] Project would be an ideal opportunity for Tavua villagers and Council staff to discuss a wide range of financial related issues confronted by them. Discussion will focus on how to better manage finances to avoid debt trap.

Workshop key focus areas are Significance of Household Budgeting, Developing a Realistic Community Budgeting Based on Income, Debt Management, Understanding the Basics of Hire Purchase and Money Lending.

In addition to this, Citizen’s Constitutional Forum will also be joining the Council to raise awareness on Good Governance and Why We Need it.

Such visit to communities is part of Council’s ongoing awareness work that is carried throughout the country in all divisions. The Council also facilitates requests from communities.  The Council has conducted a total of 39 community visits so far this year.

Empowering vulnerable consumers on their rights and instilling the confidence in them to question unfair market practices where they demand for redress, is what the Council hopes to achieve through these community visits and awareness.

The EU Project aims to educate and inform consumers, regulators, business communities and other stakeholders on the importance of consumer rights and it focuses on bringing about legislative reforms for consumer protection in Fiji.