8-10 September 2014. Lilongwe, Malawi. Delegates to the 6th African Consumer Protection Dialogue Conference in Lilongwe have adopted the African Dialogue Cross Border Cooperation Principles, initially launched in a Statement of Intent at the 5th African Consumer Protection Dialogue Conference held in Livingstone, Zambia last year September.
Jointly hosted by the COMESA Competition Commission, Competition and Fair Trading Commission-CFTC of Malawi and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the conference brought together 77 delegates from 20 countries, including the United States.
Malawian Minister for Industry and Trade,
Hon. Joseph Mwanamveka (MP), at the
6th Annual African Consumer Protection
According to a joint press release from the organisers, the Statement of Intent was formulated in recognition of the need for effective and enhanced cross border collaboration between and among the participating consumer protection and competition agencies as well as agencies dealing with criminal investigations such as Interpol, in dealing with the traditional and emerging consumer rights violation issues.
“The Livingstone Statement of Intent also outlined each provision of the African Dialogue Cross Border Cooperation Principles, including the mechanisms participating agencies intend to use to work towards effective collaboration and enforcement of cross border consumer protection violations,” reads part of the statement.
And in order to effectively implement the African Dialogue Principles, delegates agreed on a Proposed Implementation Framework.
The statement from the organisers says delegates set up Working Committees to coordinate specific tasks and resolved to report on progress in March 2015 and at the 7th African Dialogue Annual Conference.