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The Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs will be hosting four Public Education meetings, in various parts of the island, to highlight the rights of consumers ahead of the busy Christmas season.

The purpose of these gatherings is to educate consumers on their Rights and Responsibilities and obligations when conducting Hire Purchase and Lay Away Transactions in accordance with the Consumer Credit Act No. 29 of 2006

The meetings will be held in Soufriere on Sunday November 10th at the Soufriere Primary School from 4:00pm to 6:00pm; in Laborie on Wednesday November 13th at the Laborie Boys Primary School from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, in Jackmel on Sunday November 24th at the Jackmel Community Centre from 4:00pm to 6:00pm and in Babonneau on Sunday December 1st, 2013 at the Babonneau Multi Purpose Centre from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. 

Information officer at the Department of Consumer Affairs Merlicia Williams Davy explains that consumers must be knowledgeable on the terms and conditions in the contract agreements that they sign on to particularly when it comes to credit purchases. Mrs Davy also noted that consumers have a tendency to engage in impulsive shopping during the Christmas season without paying attention to the details of the hire purchase or lay away Agreements.

In light of this the Consumer Affairs Department urges consumers to avail themselves of this opportunity to learn about their rights and shop wisely, buy what is needed and make wise choices.

Residents of the specified areas are advised to make every effort to attend the sessions.

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