FCC plans zonal offices by 2023 as demand for services increases

12Aug 2019
Francis Kajubi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
FCC plans zonal offices by 2023 as demand for services increases

GROWING demand of fair market competition in the local market is pushing Fair Competitions Commission to open zonal offices in the near future.

FCC Director General. Dr John Mduma.

FCC’s Senior Communications and Public Relations Officer, Frank Mdimi said in Dar es Salaam last week while giving a summery on the commission’s participation at this year Nane Nane Agriculture Fair which climaxed in Bariadi district of Simiyu region that zonal offices will be opened in Tanga, Mbeya and Mwanza.

“Demand for our services is very high countrywide which necessitates opening zonal offices to attend to the public closer to their places of business,” Mdimi said. He said the FCC has already opened its offices in the new capital city, Dodoma in the past six months.

He further stated that in 2018/19 the financial year, FCC made significant progress in addressing challenges faced by businesses with 66 out of 72 merger applications received, 66 were processed to completion leading to approval of which 55 applications were without conditions, 11 with conditions while six are in the process.

According to him, the commission received and processed 46 Standard Form Consumer Contracts in line with the Standard Form Consumer Contracts Regulations, 2014 of which 15 were successfully reviewed and registered.

Mdimi further noted that the Standard Form Business to Consumer (B2C) Contracts are reviewed as a stopgap measure to remove caveats and terms and conditions that oppress consumers. He cited that such contracts come predominantly from the financial sector, although other sectors such as transportation have also been handled.

He asserted that the commission is administering consumer awareness through consumer clubs in Morogoro Municipality and Dodoma City.

Mdimi pointed out that the FCC also administered advocacy awareness and business awareness support sessions at Mzumbe University and University of Dodoma’s business and law students, members of the business community under Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture in Dodoma and Confederation of Tanzania Industries in Dar es Salaam.

During the period, FCC did inspect 3,312 containers in entry points, seized 143 of them with fake goods and conducted a total of 31 raids in storage and outlet centers countrywide.