What is the Fi­jian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion?

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FCCC pro­motes the ethos od cre­at­ing a dy­namic and com­pet­i­tive mar­ket in Fiji by pro­mot­ing the ob­jec­tives of the FCCC Act 2010.

When it comes to ar­rest­ing and elim­i­nat­ing un­eth­i­cal be­hav­iour of un­scrupu­lous traders who take ad­van­tage of con­sumers, so that con­sumers get the best ben­e­fit from com­pe­ti­tion, one name comes to mind - FCCC.

In just a few short years, the Fiji Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion (FCCC) has come a long way from the days when it was known as the Fiji Com­merce Com­mis­sion. FCCC en­sures that con­sumers are treated fairly and that traders are do­ing busi­ness with­out en­gag­ing in con­duct that is un­eth­i­cal or il­le­gal. Sim­ply, FCCC en­sures that the Fi­jian mar­kets work well for all Fi­jians. Sec­tion 7 of the Fiji Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion Act 2010 em­pow­ers FCCC to pro­mote ef­fec­tive com­pe­ti­tion, in­formed mar­kets and fair trad­ing, pro­tect­ing con­sumers and busi­nesses from re­stric­tive prac­tices, and con­trol­ling prices of reg­u­lated in­dus­tries and other mar­kets where com­pe­ti­tion is less­ened or lim­ited.

FCCC pro­motes the ethos of cre­at­ing a dy­namic and com­pet­i­tive mar­ket in Fiji by pro­mot­ing the ob­jec­tives of the FCCC Act 2010. Op­er­at­ing as an in­de­pen­dent statu­tory body, it en­sures that reg­u­la­tions are fol­lowed through with the use of a va­ri­ety of com­pli­ance tools, mak­ing sure to use the most ap­pro­pri­ate tool nec­es­sary to ob­tain com­pli­ance, and when re­quired, to pro­mote gen­eral de­ter­rence.

FCCC’s re­gion of re­spon­si­bil­ity is for the en­tire Fi­jian pop­u­la­tion that in­cludes mar­itime ar­eas and Ro­tuma.

The Ob­jec­tives of FCCC

Sec­tion 2 of the FCCC Act 2010 de­fines the ob­jec­tives of FCCC as fol­lows:

The in­ter­ests of con­sumers are pro­tected by pro­mot­ing ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient de­vel­op­ment of in­dus­try trade or com­merce and se­cur­ing ef­fec­tive com­pe­ti­tion within those fields. All this while still en­sur­ing eq­ui­table re­turns for busi­nesses with fair and rea­son­able prices charged to con­sumers. When it comes to reg­u­lated in­dus­tries and ac­cess regimes, FCCC aims at pro­mot­ing ef­fec­tive com­pe­ti­tion, fa­cil­i­tat­ing an ap­prox­i­mate bal­ance be­tween ef­fi­ciency and en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial con­sid­er­a­tions and en­sur­ing non-dis­crim­i­na­tory ac­cess to mo­nop­oly and near-mo­nop­oly in­fra­struc­ture or ser­vices.

All this is un­der­pinned by work­ing at en­sur­ing that con­sumers are in­formed of th­ese goals and their im­ple­men­ta­tion.

The Func­tions of FCCC

The main func­tion of FCCC is ad­min­is­ter­ing the FCCC Act 2010.

For con­sumers, this can mean re­ceiv­ing and con­sid­er­ing com­plaints con­cern­ing mat­ters af­fect­ing or likely to af­fect the in­ter­ests of con­sumers such as fraud and de­cep­tion, and tak­ing ac­tion where re­quired. In­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing con­sumers’ rights is made ac­ces­si­ble to con­sumers via both main­stream and so­cial me­dia and their web­site. An­other pri­mary func­tion is the dis­sem­i­na­tion of in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing con­sumer af­fairs to pro­duc­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ers and sup­pli­ers of goods or ser­vices so they know the reg­u­la­tions.

Mon­i­tor­ing of com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties is also car­ried out to col­lect in­for­ma­tion and en­sure ev­ery­thing is above board.

The Dif­fer­ent FCCC Di­vi­sions

FCCC is com­prised of sev­eral di­vi­sions that are re­spon­si­ble for dif­fer­ent func­tions. Th­ese are the Cor­po­rate and Finance di­vi­sion, Le­gal, Risk Man­age­ment and Gov­er­nance di­vi­sion, Eco­nomic Reg­u­la­tion di­vi­sion, Price con­trol and Mon­i­tor­ing di­vi­sion, and Com­pe­ti­tion and Com­pli­ance di­vi­sion. The Cor­po­rate & Finance Di­vi­sion sup­ports the other di­vi­sions through the de­liv­ery of key cor­po­rate ser­vices. It does so by over­see­ing the func­tions of hu­man re­sources, finance, pro­cure­ment, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and ad­min­is­tra­tion.

FCCC gets all le­gal ex­per­tise nec­es­sary through the Le­gal, Risk Man­age­ment and Gov­er­nance di­vi­sion and the Eco­nomic Reg­u­la­tion Di­vi­sion is re­spon­si­ble for de­ter­min­ing the prices of the prod­ucts that are con­trolled by FCCC and un­der­tak­ing in­de­pen­dent anal­y­sis and re­view on any in­dus­try en­gaged in the sup­ply of es­sen­tial ser­vices. Price Con­trol and Mon­i­tor­ing per­forms a ma­jor core func­tion of con­trol­ling prices of goods and ser­vices where com­pe­ti­tion is re­stricted or less­ened or as the Com­mis­sion deems nec­es­sary. It un­der­takes price re­views and cost­ing as­sess­ments of price con­trol goods and ser­vices and en­sures com­pli­ance with the price con­trol.

Fi­nally, the Com­pe­ti­tion and Com­pli­ance di­vi­sion en­forces com­pe­ti­tion and com­pli­ant pro­vi­sions. This is done by in­ves­ti­gat­ing com­plaints re­lat­ing to re­stric­tive and un­fair trade prac­tices re­lat­ing to the sup­ply of goods and ser­vices in the Fi­jian mar­ket. Other roles in­clude pro­mot­ing aware­ness of con­sumers, work­ing to­gether with con­sumer bod­ies, mak­ing avail­able to con­sumers in­for­ma­tion and guide­lines re­lat­ing to the obli­ga­tion of per­sons and the rights and reme­dies avail­able un­der the FCCC Act 2010.

The Fu­ture of FCCC

Of ut­most im­por­tance to FCCC for the fu­ture is to keep en­sur­ing that con­sumer rights are pro­tected and the cur­rent reg­u­la­tory sys­tem is mod­ernised as time goes along to keep pace with any chal­lenges that may oc­cur in the fu­ture as well as for smoother op­er­a­tion and ef­fi­ciency.

This in­cludes the re­view of the FCCC Act 2010, and work com­menc­ing on the de­vel­op­ment of a Na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Pol­icy frame­work.

FCCC also in­tends to con­tinue its com­mit­ment to so­cial eq­uity and in­clu­sion. For ex­am­ple, this year, they won the Women in Busi­ness award for Em­ployer of Choice.

On that note, their so­ci­etal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clude the pro­mo­tion of gen­der equal­ity, aware­ness ses­sions on con­sumer pro­tec­tion, trader com­pli­ance, stake­holder strate­gic plan aware­ness, cor­po­rate re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and con­tri­bu­tions to char­ity. Con­tin­ued growth of the FCCC’s pres­ence at a na­tional and re­gional level is also crit­i­cal and in the com­ing years, the goal is to pur­sue a trusted col­lab­o­ra­tive work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the in­dus­tries and strate­gic part­ners to en­able ef­fec­tive good gov­er­nance, risk man­age­ment, de­tec­tion and dis­rup­tion of re­stric­tive and un­fair trade prac­tices.

Ul­ti­mately, there are four ba­sic goals; en­sure mar­kets for goods and ser­vices in Fiji are com­pet­i­tive, goods and ser­vices are safe for con­sumers and they are pro­vided with ad­e­quate and ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion about goods and ser­vices, reg­u­la­tion is ap­plied where com­pe­ti­tion does not suf­fice to do so and to main­tain FCCC’s role as an in­de­pen­dent and ex­pert body.

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