Fair Competition Commission (FCC)

The Fair Competition Commission (FCC) has said it will continue to do advocacy, conduct seminars and training for trainers in a move to enforce the two pieces of legislation it oversees.

They are the Fair Competition Act (No. 8 of 2003) and the Merchandise Marks Act, 2011.

Speaking to this paper in an email interview, FCC senior communications and public relations officer Frank Mdimi, said the commission intends to conduct more awareness campaigns to various stakeholders in the Southern Highland zone in the first half of this year.

He said there are many benefits for such advocacy awareness and consumer protection training being conducted countrywide.

He mentioned the benefits as helping to pool together various government bodies to have the same framework of understanding of market support legislation, namely Fair Competition Act (FCA) and the Merchandise Marks Act (MMA).

He said members of the business community have been enlightened on their role in fulfilling the requirements of the law in undertaking their businesses.

He noted that the campaign provides members of the business community and the government with a common platform upon which they are able to exchange views, ideas and concerns, and establish working relationships.

The commission was able to gather views and concerns from the stakeholders, including the need to advise the government on financing expansion of the commission activities to regional and zonal levels, he said.

Another benefit is it enabled representatives from the tertiary Institutions to express need for having curriculum on competition law as well as consumer protection in the Tanzanian tertiary institutions.

According to him the investment climate and the investor confidence are given a boost in respective regions since key regional administrators are able to conceptualize and own the market support drive in their respective working areas.

He also said that last year, FCC conducted a total of six stakeholders awareness seminars in Tanga, Mara, Mwanza Kilimanjaro Dodoma and Morogoro regions attracting over 600 stakeholders.

Similar training of trainer seminars for consumer protection were held in Dodoma, Mtwara Mwanza and Morogoro regions, he said.

Stakeholders in the training were drawn from regional and district Trade and Cooperative Offices and tax administration, representatives from Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture and those from the Confederation of Tanzania Industries and the Judiciary.

Others from regional offices of Attorney General’s Chamber, individual businessmen including traders, wholesalers and retailers, manufacturing and processing firms, tertiary academic institutions, representatives from consumer protection associations, NGOs and CBOs representatives, police and  the press.

By Felix Andrew, The Guardian

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