Business owners have been given the assurance that all disputes laid before the consumer protection tribunal will be resolved in a timely manner and will not be made public.
This assurance was given at a special meeting on Tuesday when business owners were given the opportunity to consult with the government on the draft of the Consumer Protection Bill.
The matter of whether the tribunal would publicise cases came up after a businesswoman raised concerns that publishing case information could have a negative impact on businesses.
And while contributing to the discussion, Premier Andrew Fahie assured that matters brought before the tribunal will be handled swiftly.
“One of the things the tribunal won’t be taking is all year… the tribunal may have to make sure that we put a clause in there that will trigger the tribunal to move faster,” the Premier said.
Meanwhile, Premier Fahie assured business owners that their concerns and recommendations will result in a few adjustments being made to the originally proposed bill.
“There are some areas you actually brought up tonight that were not considered and there are valid points. So, we are going back to the drawing board to look at them to have them addressed,” the Premier stated.
The next meeting with business owners is scheduled for Thursday, July 11 at the Village Café conference room on Virgin Gorda from 3 pm to 5 pm.
The first public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10, from 6 to 8 pm at the Eileene L Parsons Auditorium at the H Lavity Stoutt Community College on Tortola.
The second is scheduled for the same time at the Catholic Community Centre on Virgin Gorda on Thursday, and at 3 pm upstairs Foxy’s, Jost Van Dyke on Sunday.
Meetings will culminate at the Anegada Community Centre at 10 am on Monday, July 15.
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