Consumer protection a fundamental right

Updated 29 April 2015
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Consumer protection a fundamental right

The Saudi Consumer Protection Association (CPA), which is a consumer redressal forum, should be made into an independent body to effectively deal with complaints pertaining to products and services, say experts.
“If the CPA wants to achieve its objectives, it must work more to receive consumer complaints pertaining fraud, cheating and disinformation. It should then present these complaints to the authorities concerned, as well as support governmental efforts in consumer protection,” economic researcher Ahmad Al-Daiel said.
Some experts said the CPA duties include preparing studies, holding conferences and consumer protection exhibitions, as well as representing consumers at local and international committees of consumer protection.
The experts said the CPA should raise awareness among all segments of consumers through media, websites, mobile apps. They proposed to convert the CPA into an independent body, financially and administratively to discharge its duties more effectively.
The CPA is a member of Consumers International, which is the world federation of consumer groups.


King Salman receives Saudi education officials

King Salman receives officials of theMinistry of Education and Saudi universities at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 11 December 2018
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King Salman receives Saudi education officials

  • The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country

RIYADH: Top officials of the Ministry of Education and Kingdom’s universities on Monday called on King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh. 

The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country. Saudi Arabia ranks as the largest market for education services in the region, and it also accounts for a growing number of students enrolled in the kindergarten to grade 12 education system in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. 

Strong government support over the past few years has led to the continuous expansion of the education sector by inviting private players to enter the space.

According to a study conducted by Research and Markets, the higher education industry of the Kingdom inclined at a single digit compound annual growth rate during the period 2012-2017. 

The establishment of new universities due to increased investments in the education sector was the key contributor to the augmented revenues generated by the market players.