To commemorate the World Consumer Day 2012

Islamabad: Consumers Conference was jointly organized on 15th March 15, 2012, by the Standing Committee OF Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Consumer Rights Council of Sindh CRO) and the Consumer Welfare Forum in the Auditorium of the Federation House Karachi. The Theme of the World Consumer Day 2012 is OUR MONEY, OUR RIGHTS.

The Conference started at 10:00 AM and concluded at 2.15PM .Panel discussions held on different topics such as “Quackery” ‘Standards and Quality” Implementation and Enforcement of Consumer Laws ““Consumer Financing” “Cartelization”.

Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan, Khawaja Izharul Hassan, Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh. Mr.
Ahmed Chinoy, Chief of CPLC and CRC, Mr. Pir Bakhsh Jamil Director General PSQCA. Mr.
Wahab Soomro, Additional Commissioner Karachi, Dr. Saifur Rehman Deputy Commissioner
Karachi Central, Mr. Siraj Aziz , CEO Habib Metropolitan Bank .

Dr. Iqbal Panhwar well knew Economist, Dr. Aziz Khan Tank Chairman Quacery Committee of PMA. Me. Hamid Maker Chairman Helpline Trust, Mr, Sidiq Shaikh of FPCCI and Mr. Johar Qanhari of KATI were among the prominent panellists.

Mr. Rahat Kounain, Chairperson Completion Commission of Pakistan attended the Conference as the Chief Gust and gave a very informative and fruitful presentation on “Consumer awareness on cooption vs. Deceptive marketing practices”.

At the close of each Panel discussion, the participants of the Conference passed different Resolutions concerning the topic of discussions giving suggestions and proposing solutions of the problems of Consumers.

The Conference was inaugurated by. Pir Mazhar ul Haq, Senior Minister of Government of Sindh for Education .Earlier Ms. Huma Bukhari Chairperson of Standing Committee OF FPCCI on Consumer Rights protection and president of Consumer Welfare Forum welcomed the panellists and the participants.

She said that the Conference was reprehensive of the feelings and thoughts every one as each and every citizen is a Consumer in one way or the other.

While concluding the conference Mr. Haroon Rashid, Vice President the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) appreciated the organizers. He said that this event shows our interest in highlighting consumer rights. We believe that consumer is the least protected element of the society.

He further added that although punishments have been given against cartelization but no action is yet taken against smugglers, mal-practitioners and people who under-invoice. He also said that government should deal with these elements with iron hand.

He also suggested imprisonment because penalties, in terms of fines, are a very small fraction of profits such elements make. He also emphasized upon Sindh government for enactment of Consumer Protection Law in Sindh. At the end he expressed his gratitude to the organizers and speakers of the conference.

For more information, contact:
Malik Sohail Hussain
Chairman FPCCI Standing
Committee on Media and PR
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)
Tel: +9251 2251 891-3
Fax: +9251 2251 894
Cell: +92333 5155300; +92321 5155500