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Consumer Advocacy Platform

The Consumer Advocacy Platform is committed to the promotion of dialogue between the various stakeholders and consumers and to advocate for the respect of consumers’ basic rights. The platform will also encourage consumers to behave more responsibly and become more assertive.

The main objectives of CAP are to promote consumers’ rights in Mauritius as well as in Rodrigues. We also aim at involving ourselves in the Southern African region.

The CAP advocates for the satisfying of consumers’ basic needs, better access to services, and access to better quality products. We are committed to bring our contribution to poverty alleviation through consumer empowerment and education.

The Consumer Advocacy Platform has enlisted the collaboration of academia and professionals from various sectors in addition to social workers. It will be managed by an Executive Council which will be backed by a Council of Experts comprising practicians of international repute. This will ensure that position papers and policy documents are based on rationale and facts.

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Censoring Social Media

CAP is against government’s plans to give more power to the Information and Communications Technologies Authority (ICTA) to censor social media. According to the consultation document released, the Authority seeks to set up a National Digital Ethics Committee (NDEC) with an enforcement unit empowered to take down and censor social media posts. To make its plan work, the document proposes to allow the government to set up a proxy “to segregate from all incoming and outgoing internet traffic in Mauritius, social media traffic, which will then need to be decrypted, re-encrypted and archived for inspection purposes as and when required”. (bold ours) It has been argued in some quarters that the proposed Ethics Committee will be no more than a “police des pens&e...

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Objectives

Our main objectives.

Consumer Rights

To advocate for Consumer Rights in Mauritius (including Rodrigues) and in southern Africa.

Strengthen

To build consumer advocacy capacities to strengthen consumers and defend their interests.

Empower

To empower consumers through consumer education and training.

Written Publications

To design, publish and disseminate or sell consumer literature geared towards consumer empowerment.

Media Publications

To produce and disseminate or sell audio visual consumer oriented material.

Fundraising

To evolve into a fundraising facilitator for other consumer associations in Mauritius

Collaborate

To design, implement or cause to implement projects, surveys, research activities, in-depth studies and any other academic exercise geared towards the upliftment of consumer rights, on its own or with the collaboration of other consumer associations and/or academic institutions.

International

To design, implement or cause to implement multi-country projects to uphold consumer rights in countries thus identified.

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CAP for stronger consumer protection legislation

The dire situation created by the pandemic should be taken up as a challenge for Government to express a firm commitment to enhance consumer rights and consumer protection. We expect Government to express a strong political will to protect consumers. It is unanimously agreed that the current consumer protection legislation framework needs urgent revision. Action initiated in 2010, to replace the present legislation by a new Consumer Protection and Fair Trading Act has still not seen any concrete action on the part of Government. It should be recalled that in 2007, the then government announced a new consumer protection bill. In December 2014, the bill went for second reading in Parliament, only to be set aside after the dissolution of Parliament. Since the new government took office,...

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MEMBERSHIP

The membership of the Consumer Advocacy Platform is open to all individuals, irrespective of gender, nationality and religious or ethnic background or political conviction. Trade unions and any pressure group may form part of the CAP.

MANAGEMENT

The CAP – Mauritius is managed by an Executive Council, which is the supreme body of the organisation. The Executive Council is elected every three years by the Annual General Assembly. Executive Council Members are not allowed to involve in active politics.

The Executive Council comprises of nine members, three of whom are females members and one from Rodrigues.

COUNCIL OF EXPERTS

The Executive Council is assisted by a Council of Experts constituted of foreign experts in the fields of Consumer Protection, Competition Policy, and Sustainable Consumption. The Council of Experts acts on an advisory capacity.

WHO-Unicef Code: 40 years on

CAP, an affiliate member of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), joins the international breastfeeding advocates, this month, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the WHO-Unicef International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (the Code). The Code aims to shield breastfeeding from commercial promotion that affects mothers, health workers and health care systems. The Code prohibits promotional devices such as discounts and special displays at the retail level. Furthermore, Company representatives should not initiate direct or indirect contact with mothers. The Code also prohibits health professionals from receiving gifts, travel grants, bursaries from formula milk companies. It should be recalled that WHO also recommends exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 mo...

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Ce n’est pas l’affirmation apocalyptique d’un de ces fervents supporteurs de la théorie du complot, mais d’un virologue de réputation mondiale. Dans une lettre publiée dans le journal français France Soir le 15 mars et republiée le 16, Geert Vanden Bossche Ph.D,  virologue indépendant et expert vaccinal, demande à l’OMS et à toutes les parties ...

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De l’aveu de la Dr Gaud, le vaccin anti Covid-19, Sinovac, fabriqué en Chine n’est pas reconnu par l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS). La Consumer Advocacy Platform (CAP) estime donc que ce vaccin ne devrait pas être administré à la population. C’est le principe de précaution qui doit prévaloir. Le président de la CAP, ...

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