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95 Trade Monitors Undergo Orientation

95 Trade Monitors Undergo Orientation

The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI)  on Friday September 6th 2013 commenced a one-day orientation workshop for Trade Monitors.

Mr. Charles Merriweather Thompson, Director of Domestic Commerce and Industry, disclosed to the trade monitors that minister Usman Boie Kamara did a lot of work to have their appointment ratified by cabinet and admonished them to treat their work with the utmost seriousness it deserves, if not, after their probation period of two years, they will not be confirmed.

Mr. Thompson entreated them to stop smuggling and identified expired products for sale as well as people who are selling substandard drugs.

He articulated that the right dress code is very important in going out to work and urged them to be diligent in their work.

He advised them that they should not be confrontational but to advise traders to display their prices of goods on the shelves, adding that those who refuse should be reported to the MTI as drastic action will be taken against defaulters.

Mr. Sandy, the Human Resource Officer intimated that the trade monitors have been enlisted into the main stream of the Ministry and cautioned them that they have signed a contract, adding that if they do not perform, they will automatically lose their job.

He noted that everybody should work according to his or her job description and warned them not to compromise their jobs and maintained that the exportation of timber is banned and they should not allow people to smuggled timber out of the country.

Mr. Minkai Turay, Deputy Director of Industry said their functions are so diversified and called on them not to be arrogant in the discharge of their duty.

Mr. Turay pointed out that as trade monitors they are to collect and process data, including wholesale and retail prices of both local and imported items in the Western area and the provinces, to compile statistical data, to ensure that prices are displayed on commodities, to conduct price surveys on a regular basis, to supervise and check the sales of petroleum products throughout the country, to counter smuggling and contraband goods and report immediately such cases to the MTI and other relevant authorites, to cooperate with other governmental institutions, where necessary, in the execution of duties, to execute a cash programme for compilation of a list of all non-indigenous business ventures, whether foreign or naturalized, to incorporate a consumer complaint section with the complaints “hot line” for speedy response to complaints for quick and ready action in accordance with relevant trade laws, to perform any other duties assigned by a Senior Officer.

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