“By welcoming all the participants for the event Chairman Consumer Affairs Authority Mr. Hasitha Tillekeratne, mentioned that this Public Private Dialogue is funded by the...
“By welcoming all the participants for the event Chairman Consumer Affairs Authority Mr. Hasitha Tillekeratne, mentioned that this Public Private Dialogue is funded by the European Union with the active participation of the International Trade Centre (ITC) and is first time of its kind organized by the CAA.
While mentioning the services rendered by the Consumer Affairs Authority he explained the theme of World Consumer Rights Day 2018 “Making the Digital Market Fairer”
He added that currently, in Sri Lanka 33% of the population are using the internet and Sri Lanka has relatively high mobile penetration in comparison to the regional average.
Further, he highlighted that CAA Act is being amended to protect the consumers whilst safeguarding all the stakeholders involved in e-commerce.
Consumer Affairs Authority has proposed to initiate a public private dialogue in order to understand and critically evaluate the existing regulatory framework of the Sri Lankan digital market, understand how e-commerce has been structured in the context of current trade negotiations, and to formulate recommendations in order to facilitate legislative and regulatory priorities. This will help to establish modernized consumer e-commerce law framework with due regard to the international trade context.
Finally he mentioned that workshop will bring valuable insights to promote e-commerce in Sri Lanka. “
National Public Private Dialogue on “Making the Digital Market Place Fairer”
The theme of the Consumer Rights Day 2018 declared by the Consumers International is “Making the Digital Market Place Fairer”. In line with the Consumer Rights day, a public private dialogue has been organized and this will be held on 15th and 16th March 2018 at Hotel Taj samudra, Colombo. The key stakeholders in e commerce such as regulatory agencies, policy making bodies, Universities & research organizations, e commerce industry participants, industry organizations and e commerce consumers have been invited to bring their valuable insights to the forum. This public Private Dialogue steered by the ITC Consultant Dr Michael Geist will enable stakeholders to
Understand and critically evaluate the existing regulatory framework on the Sri Lankan digital market
Have an overview of e commerce international best practices
Understand how e commerce has been structure in the context of current trade negotiations
Propose recommendations on key legislative and regulatory priorities for establishing modernized consumer e- commerce law framework
This event is organized by the Consumer Affairs Authority in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC) under the framework of EU-Sri Lanka Trade Related Assistance Project and funded by the European Union.
Consumer Rights Day 2017
Consumer Rights Day 2017 theme declared by the Consumers International is “Consumer Rights in Digital Age”. Considering the vital importance of addressing the consumer issues, a national conference has been planned collectively by the Ministry of Industry & Commerce and Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure with the active involvement of Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) and the Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA). The objective of this seminar is to establish a dialog among key stakeholders on “Consumer Rights in Digital Age” in order to facilitate policy recommendations to strengthen consumer rights in digital era.
This National Conference will be held on 15th March 2017 3.00 p.m. at “Nelum Pokuna” auditorium with the participation of all stakeholder groups.
This will be followed by a workshop to be held on 16th March 2017 8.30 a.m. at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute Auditorium.
CAA will be working continuously with the other stakeholders in order to promote and strengthen Consumer Rights in Digital Age.
Consumer Rights Day 2017
A Digital Sri Lanka Consumers Can Trust
The global economy is changing rapidly towards a digital economy and all stakeholders throughout the globe is working towards building a digital world consumers can trust. Consumers International has declared 2017 consumer rights day theme as “Consumer Rights in the Digital Age” considering its contemporary significance for developing as well as developed countries in the world. Over 3 billion or 40% of the world’s population is online now, compared with just 1% in 1995, with all projections suggesting this number will continue to rise. Although this still leaves many consumers who are struggling to access these technologies, rapid growth of the internet and its usage becomes a vital trend of e-marketing. The rapid increase of smart mobile phone usage and other digital devices has created opportunities as well as challenges for millions of consumers around the world.
Currently Sri Lanka has 6 million internet users and it is 29% of the total population. The internet has changed life style of people and people tend to log on to the internet for their entertaining purposes rather than watching television or listening to radio. According to the ITU statistics, Sri Lanka has relatively high mobile penetration than the regional average. The population falls between the age groups of 25 to 34 years account for the highest number of users with the 35 to 44 years and 18 to 24 age groups falling in second and third places respectively.
Internet is now penetrating in to the rural Sri Lanka. The mobile dominance, high demand for local language content, are the key reasons for this trend. Sri Lanka is going to experience a new user category of internet, who have never touched desk top or lap top computer before, but spending around 5 hours per day browsing face book on their mobile. They have no knowledge about their own privacy on the internet, and they have no respect of the privacy of others. Responsible use of social media has become one of the major concerns.
Even though consumers undoubtedly benefit from the increased access, choice and convenience that these technologies deliver, questions remain about how to improve the quality of services which provides trustworthy and cost effective services via online servers. Concerns over what happens to the data they share online and what consumers’ rights and inherited consumer ethics that relate with digital products will affect their buying behaviors. Therefore, consumer awareness and empowerment plays a vital role in promoting the use of digital technology in effective manner. In order to harness the benefit of digital revolution for the economic and social development of Sri Lanka all stake holders have a collective responsibility to place consumer in the central point in implementing all projects.
National Conference and Workshop for the Consumer Rights Day 2017
In line with World Consumer Rights Day 2017, Ministry of Industry & Commerce and Ministry of Telecommunication & Digital Infrastructure, under the active involvement of Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA), and Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) has organized the National Conference and Workshop under the theme “A Digital Sri Lanka
Consumers Can Trust”. The National Conference will take place at Nelum Pokuna Auditorium on 15th March 2017 and this will be followed by the Workshop to be held on 16th March 2017 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute. In order to promote the theme the CAA has planned to launch a social media campaign, Video competition, Creative Article competition and Twitter competition parallel to the National conference and workshop.
The objective of this event is to build up a dialog among key stakeholders on the theme and to facilitate policy recommendations required to strengthen the digital rights of consumers.
“A Digital Sri Lanka Consumers can Trust” campaign will promote access, participation and innovation which will benefit consumers, industry, economy and society in large. World Consumer Rights day 2017 is an excellent opportunity which gathers all stakeholders in one forum in order to ascertain new initiatives required to promote digital economy in Sri Lanka.
Representatives of all stakeholders such as government officials, industry partners, school children and university students, academia, researchers, consumer groups & activists, media, special interest groups will be invited for the Conference. Themes such as Digital Sri Lanka, Consumer Rights in Digital Age-Sri Lankan Context, Regional and Global Consumer Trends, Issues and Developments in Digital Age, E-Commerce and Online Services-Opportunities and Challenges, Strategies to make Sri Lanka a Digitally Inclusive Country etc. will be focused at the conference. The winners of Video Competition, Creative Article Competition and Twitter Competition will be awarded at the conference. Further the organizers are planning to launch a Social Media Management Platform for the CAA.
The main objective of the workshop scheduled on 16th March is to critically evaluate and understand the existing situation of the Sri Lankan digital consumer in order to draft policy recommendations and a road map to strengthen consumer rights in the digital era. This forum will consist of intellectuals, industry partners, researchers, academics, sector regulators, policy makers and consumer activists. All stakeholders concerns and views will be reviewed in the workshop under consumer, industry, policy making and regulatory perspectives. Sri Lankan Digital Consumer in today’s context, Key consumer issues of Sri Lankan Digital Consumers and their Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of Digital Consumer in Sri Lanka, Legal Framework for Safe Digital Consumer will be given due consideration under the consumer perspective. Under the industry perspective expansion of e commerce in Sri Lanka, what more to be done?, review of current regulation related to digital industry etc. will be discussed and reviewed. Valuable insights generated in the workshop will contribute to prepare the policy document on road map to promote and strengthen the campaign on “A Digital Sri Lanka Consumers can Trust “
Director Consumer Affairs and Information
මෙම නඩුව පවරා ඇත්තේ ගාල්ල දිස්ත්රික් ලේකම් කාර්යාලයේ පාරිභෝගික කටයුතු පිළිබඳ අධිකාරියේ විමර්ෂන නිළධාරින් විසින් සිදු කරන ලද වැටලීමකට අනුවය.
ඔවුන් විසින් 2011.03.29 වන දින අම්බලන්ගොඩ නගරයේ වැටලීමක් සිදු කරන ලදි. එහිදී එස් එච් වෙළඳසැල වෙත ගොස් කල් ඉකුත් වූ හරිස්චන්ද්ර කුරක්කන් සහිත ග්රෑම් 400 බැගින් බර නූඩ්ල්ස් පැකට් 5ක් වෙළඳසැලෙහි විකිණීමට ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමේ වරදක් අනාවරණය කර ගන්නා ලදි. එය පාරිභෝගික කටයුතු පිළිබඳ අධිකාරිය පනතේ 30 සහ /හෝ 31 (ආ) වගන්තිය සමග කියවිය යුතු 60 (5) අ වගන්තිය යටතේ දඩුවම් ලැබිය හැකි වරදක් වන අතර කල් ඉකුත් වූ නූඩ්ල්ස් පැකට් 5ක් අලුත් ඒවා බව අසත්ය ලෙස පාරිභෝගිකයන්ට විකිණීම සදහා ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇති බවට කීරණය කොට විත්තිකරු වරදකරු බවට තීරණය කරන ලදි.
ඒ අනුව විත්තිකරු විසින් රු. 3,000 ක දඩ මුදලක් ගෙවිය යුතු බවට ගරු අධිකරණය විසින් නියෝග කරන ලදි. කෙසේ වුවද මෙම තීන්දුවට එරෙහිව බලපිටිය මහාධිකරණයට විත්තිකරු විසින් කරන ලද අභියාචනය තවමත් අවසන් වී නොමැත.