Muscat, As part of its efforts to keep pace with coronavirus-related developments, the Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP) has reaffirmed its preparedness to monitor and regulate markets in all governorates of the Sultanate.

The statement was made by Hamoud bin Said al-Jabri, Director General of Consumer Services and Market Monitoring at the PACP.

Al-Jabri pointed out that, in a move to stem price hikes that might be imposed under the pretext of coronavirus developments, the PACP formed working teams to follow up local markets round the clock to ensure the availability of staple foods and the commitment of suppliers and sales outlets to standard prices.

He added that a number of meetings were held with owners of pharmacies, hypermarkets, commercial outlets and distributors to urge them to secure the availability of large quantities of medical goods that are highly needed for protection against coronavirus.

Al-Jabri explained that, due to a surge in global demand for face masks, medical sterilizers and sanitizers caused a huge rush that drained international markets of these items and, accordingly, constrained the import of these items as some countries banned their export.

PACP is checking import bills and clearing documents to ensure that these items are sold to local consumers at reasonable prices, said al-Jabri, who stressed that legal action will be taken against exploiters of the situation and that PACP teams are keeping an eye on the local market to ensure its stability.

Source: Oman News Agency