Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Calls for extension of rice import tax exemption to include other staple foods

REDECOMA, the Consumer Defence Group of Mali, has called on the Malian government for the extension of food tax exemption measures to include other staple foods such as milk, oil, sugar and flour.

The Malian government have recently decided to remove tax from rice imports for the period stretching from 1 April to 30 September 2008.

Monitoring the situation, REDECOMA has found that food prices have neither stabilised nor decreased since the introduction of this measure, but have continued to rise.

This has prompted the organisation to reiterate its calls for the government to be proactive to ensure that the dialogue and consultation process produce positive effects and prevent Malian consumers from suffering more aggravating circumstances.

REDECOMA said that, ‘it is convinced that no measure is too much for relieving the suffering of the population in these times of crisis and in order to preserve social peace.’

At the same time it also reminded the authorities of World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) 2008 when Malian consumers, faced with the ever increasing cost of living, expressed their concerns by solemnly calling on ‘the relevant authorities to take prompt and appropriate measures to tackle the price increase of staple commodities’.

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