Neither shortage of commodities, nor prices' hike - minister
Minister of Commerce and Industry Dr. Yousef Al-Ali on Tuesday assured consumers that there is neither shortage of basic commodities nor prices' hikes and that the market is being monitored regularly. Speaking at a news conference ahead of Ramadan's onset, the minister said special teams have been touring the markets, monitoring prices of the basic products. Special complaints' centers have been established to receive protests, round the clock, "and the ministry is regularly surveying the cooperative stores and major markets to monitor any breach or unjustified hike of the prices," the minister said, warning that violators will be punished.
Meanwhile, the undersecretary, Khaled Al-Shimali, said the ministry receives complaints via the central consumer protection phone number, 135. Abdullah Sagr Al-Enezi, the assistant undersecretary, affirmed that the ministry staff inspected the prices and determined that there were no raises of the commodities' costs.
He warned that stores that fail to abide by the consumer protection laws would be shut. The ministry updates lists of commodities' prices on its internet website. It also receives on-line complaints.