Muscat: In a joint effort aimed at regulating and ensuring market stability, the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI), in cooperation with the Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP), has launched a campaign under the title, 'Ours is a Fixed Price', which will be applied first in the governorate of North Al Batinah across 55 outlets.
Twenty commercial outlets in the wilayat of Sohar, 11 in the wilayat of Saham, eight in the wilayat of Al Suwaiq and three in the wilayat of Al Khaboura will participate in it while nine marketing outlets in the wilayat of Shinas and four in the wilayat of Liwa too will take part.
Said bin Saleh Al Kiyoumi, Chairman of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that as part of the joint efforts and cooperation between Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, its branch in the governorate of North Al Batinah and the Public Authority for Consumer Protection, a joint campaign was launched under the 'Ours is a Fixed Price' theme, which aims to stabilise and reduce prices of over 306,000 items and products in the wilayats of North Al Batinah governorate.
The campaign followed a number of meetings held between the OCCI and the PACP and major supplying and distributing companies. The OCCI has received written undertakings from the suppliers on stabilising and reducing the price of commodities and services.
The campaign will later be launched in various governorates of the Sultanate in cooperation with the PACP and OCCI branches in those governorates.
Dr Said bin Khamis Al Ka'abi, chairman of the Public Authority for Consumer Protection, said that the campaign was started in cooperation with the OCCI, the PACP, and a number of commercial outlets and centres in the wilayats of North Al Batinah governorate to stabilise and reduce prices of not less than 306,598 items in 55 centres and outlets.
The campaign comes as part of the efforts to encourage trading establishments to take initiative, assume social responsibility and adopt social programmes which serve the community and control price hikes, he added.
He said the PACP was heading toward comprehensive control over various items and services as per the decision No. 12/2011 which prohibits increase in prices except with the approval of the PACP.
Sheikh Ali bin Mansoor Al Busaidi, wali of Saham, said that the Public Authority for Consumer Protection has offered several services and has taken a number of initiatives in the governorate of North Al Batinah. He said that citizens and residents have warmly welcomed the campaign, pointing out that fruitful cooperation of the government departments such as that between the PACP and OCCI in such an initiative would serve all the community sectors.
Sheikh Said bin Humaid Al Harthy, wali of Liwa said that prices remaining stable for several months would create a balance between demand and supply.
Abdulrahman bin Saleh Al Qasmi, Director General of the Directorate General for Consumer Protection in the governorate of North Al Batinah said that the campaign came as part of the efforts of the PACP to stabilise prices.
It also reflected cooperation and partnership between the PACP and OCCI.