HCC has no price control ordinance

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BY LYNTON AARON FILIA

HONIARA City Council (HCC) in its ordinances does not have a Consumer Price Index (CPI), it is reported.

A HCC officer, speaking on anonymity, also claims that the organisation has an Act which prohibits them from interfering with prices of goods in shops and in the markets.

Thus the HCC has been relying on the national ministry of commerce’s price control unit to deal with price controlling within Honiara.

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The officer says that the issue of prices in the markets is an old one, and HCC in previous years had received similar complaints – but they all were referred to the ministry of commerce.

However, all is not lost as HCC is planning to include this issue in their upcoming council meeting to review ordinances.

Lately, price hikes in market produces has led to a public outcry, with many venting out their frustrations in social media.

Many blame HCC, which the council has come out earlier this week clarifying that it is not mandated to control prices in the central market.

 

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