The meeting of Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection Talal Al-Barazi with representatives of the As-Suwayda Chamber of Commerce and Industry and commercial and economic events therein focused on clarifying the mechanism for implementing Decree No. 8 on consumer protection and its objectives in regulating markets and the movement of buying and selling.
During the meeting in the As-Suwayda governorate building, Minister Al-Barazi gave an extensive explanation about the law, its instructions and executive decisions, and what it requires of cooperation, solidarity and coordination of everyone's efforts to ensure its proper implementation, noting the role of merchants, industrialists and producers as true soldiers in light of the unjust and systematic war on our country and the continued provision of local products in the markets and support for the national economy.
Minister Al-Barazi explained that the aim of the law is to protect the consumer, the producer and the merchant, control the markets, determine the prices and the permissible rates of profits in proportion to the real costs and the capabilities of the citizens, and ensure the health, safety, quality and source of the foodstuffs and the products offered and their conformity with the required specifications, standards and standards.
The Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection indicated that the law carries with it a deterrent force by tightening penalties for grave violations, manipulators and traffickers in subsidized and legalized materials, with the assurance that its purpose is not to prosecute and punish merchants, as some think, but to hold accountable violators and those who conduct wrong behavior that negatively affects the market. And the safety of citizens and public funds, pointing out that the percentage of grave violations has decreased to between 50 and 80 percent in the governorates since the beginning of its implementation.
A number of participants from commercial activities emphasized the keenness of As-Suwayda merchants to provide basic materials and products at prices commensurate with costs, demanding the necessity to oblige producers and importers to give regular invoices, set fair profit margins between the producer and the wholesaler, increase fuel allocations, unify control authorities, address the causes of high prices and reconsider financial taxes on profits. .
A number of concerned managers in the ministry clarified some points related to pricing mechanisms, costs, issues and concerns raised by commercial and economic actors, which were taken into consideration when setting up the implementation procedures.
During a meeting with the supply family, the minister was briefed on the reality of bakeries and the governorate’s needs of flour, and it was decided to increase it in line with the need and allocate the necessary funds to improve the reality of work in the Salkhad bakery and address the problem of drainage in it and authorize the branch of the Syrian Corporation for Bakeries to maintain the bakery lines of March 8 and Shahba and solve the problem of shortage of working staff In bakeries and the Syrian outlets for trade and supply control by organizing temporary contracts or assigning agencies and institutions that have a surplus of labor pending the gradual repair of the shortage by distributing the successful people in the competition of those who were discharged from mandatory and reserve service with an emphasis on the Syrian trade halls to secure the required quantities according to the basic needs and at competitive prices .
The minister also reviewed the availability of materials in the March 8 Syria trade hall, the reality of work in the first Sweida bakery, and the quality of producing a loaf of bread.
The two meetings and the tour were attended by the Governor of Sweida, Eng. Humam Debyat, Chairman of the Governorate Council, and a number of People's Assembly members and concerned managers.