President Maithripala Sirisena says all institutions that trade in consumer goods including food should act with an understanding of their human responsibilities rather than merely depending on the government regulations and laws to govern them.
“The standard of the consumer goods is the main measuring scale of the development of a country. Even today the kitchens of some restaurants island wide including Colombo do not have the required quality standards and cleanliness”, he pointed out.
The President was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the seminar organized under the theme of ‘Consumer Rights of Digital Era’ held today (March 15) at the Nelum Pokuna auditorium.
The seminar was held to mark the World Consumer Rights Day which falls today.
The seminar aims at creating new policies to protect the rights of the digital consumers and solve their issues in Sri Lanka.
“Though we are aligned with the new technology with its development, most of times the technology is used for the activities that lead to deterioration of the human society. It is the responsibility of the intellectuals to ensure that the modern technology is used for the betterment of the people. The modern technology should be used for protecting the consumers”, the president further stated.
Consumers International’s Regional Project Officer for Asia and Pacific Satya Sharma delivered the keynote address on the subject, ‘regional and global consumer trends and developments in the digital age’.
It was significant that the President lighted the oil lamp, using the digital technology.
The President launched the program to encourage the consumers to work closely with the Consumer Affairs Authority.
He also presented the gifts to the winners of the short documentary films, organized by the Consumer Affairs Authority.
Minister of Industry and Commerce presented a souvenir to the President at this occasion.
Ministers Rishad Bathiudeen, Harin Fernando, State Minister Champika Premadasa, Secretary to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce Chinthaka S. Muthuuhetti and the Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Authority Hasitha Thilakarathne also participated in this event.