Companies warned over uncertified products

The ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism has advised companies to certify their products with the Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) in order to achieve competition and fair trading in the country.

The ministry’s principal secretary, Dr Ken Ndala made the call in Zomba during this year’s World Competition Day commemoration.

Ndala said he is aware of some anti- competitive and unfair trading happening in the country like price fixing, use of illegal scales and over flooding of products produced across the borders.

He was however quick to highlight that the ministry is working in collaboration with the Malawi Bureau of Standards to address the problems and offenders receive penalties when found.

Competition and Fair Trading Commission of Malawi (CFTC) Executive Director, Charlotte Malonda said technology has brought both positive impact in business industry and the society by improving quality of products and services delivery.

She therefore commended the government for introducing mobile money and improving internet speed.

Malonda however expressed a concern over dissemination fake news on the social media which include adverts and other promotions.

On his part, Mayor for Zomba city council councillor Christopher Jana applauded Competition and Fair Trading Commission for choosing Zomba city to host such a grand event.

He said much as people are facing unfair trade in the country Zomba also faces the same problem.

He therefore called for more organizations to come forth in sensitizing the buyers and sellers to know their responsibilities in order to achieve fair trade.

This year’s commemoration of World Competition Day was marked by a consumer parade led by Prison Brass Band from fair way puma filling station through Zomba depot to Gymkhana cub grounds, comedy and traditional dances by the prison dance troupe.

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