Commerce Ministry Begins Inspection, Compliance Audit

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Minister of Commerce and Industry, Mawine G. Diggs

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) has announced the commencement of the first nationwide general market inspection beginning Tuesday, January 26, from 10 AM to 4:00PM daily.

Commerce officials said the exercise will focus on businesses engaged in fresh and frozen food items, rice, flour, starches, petroleum products and automotive materials.

Commerce and Industry Minister, Mawine G. Diggs, promised upon taking over that Commerce will take actions to improve trade facilities, increase access to financing and formalize and consolidate Micro and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

However, retailers have been complaining of wholesalers involving into serious retail business over the years, a situation that is yet to be addressed by authorities at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

According to release other areas of focus include beverages, dairy and second-hand products, electrical, electronics and building materials.

“At the same time, the Division of Industrial Development and Compliance Support at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry will conduct compliance audit along with the Inspectorate Division during the inspection exercise,” the statement indicated.

According to authorities of the Ministry of Commerce, the nationwide general market inspection expected to be concluded on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, will be undertaken to remove all unwholesome products from the Liberian market as well as regulate pricing of commodities throughout the country.

Meanwhile, the Ministry is calling on the general public and the business community to cooperate, considering the importance of the inspection exercise.

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