Observed good business practice or face closure
-commerce minister Tarpeh warns investors
While it is true that the government 0f Liberia is committed to protecting businesses, as long as they continue to function within the relevant laws and guidelines, the government under the leadership president George M. WEAH will not accept any attempts by who be business person or investor to deliberately or otherwise exploit consumers.
It is against this background that the government of Liberia through the ministry of commerce and industry recently launched a vagarious inspection of warehouses in the capital to weed out substandard and expired commodities from Liberian parallel market.
Over the years according to investigation conducted by the business day, Liberia commerce has been used as a dump site for substandard commodities, toxic waste etc emanating from Asia, Europe and America.
But what is much more amazing is that in 1997 the government of Liberia in its efforts to reduce the high level of substandard goods inflowing the market of the country, government contracted the services of Bureau VERITAS ( BIVAC ) a French pre-shipment inspection entity to provide pre-shipment inspection and destination inspection services on the quality and quantity of commodities entering the commerce of the country, but on the contrary BAVIC presence in the country continue to creates more room for the proliferation of substandard and expired goods on the Liberian parallel market.
Because of BIVAC failure to live up to the term of the contractual agreement, government through its investigative network discovered and imposed a fine of US$75,000 on Abi Jaoudi Supermarket and Azar Trading Company and also fine Founi corperation 25.000 for violating section 26.2 of the Public Health Law, the indiscriminate price-hiking of essential commodities, the sale of substandard food and non-food items and expired goods.
Consumers in the county believed that the impulsive change in BAVIC scope of duty from providing pre-shipment inspection on the quality of commodity to quantity of goods continues to create more rooms for importers to flow the market with expired goods in Liberia.
Having observed lapses in BIVAC scope of operation consumers believed that There is a need for Government under the pro-poor arrangement review BIVAC contractual agreement.
Adding” that the France base so-called pre-inspection company over the year has done more harm to the consuming populace then providing protection”.
Since the National election and the subsequent inauguration of George M. Weah Pro-poo r government, consumers continue to experience some radical changes in the business community owing to the fact that government drastic engagement with the business community which include the reviewed of the high price of basic commodities on the parallel market ( the nation stipple food rice, etc continue to bear fruits as business owners continue clears their various warehouses for fear of not being caught and fine.
Consumers believed that the move by the Government through the ministry of commerce and industry if continue could freighting black marketers, and this sudden changes could ultimately reduce the high proliferation of substandard goods in Liberia.