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Competition Commission of Pakistan initiates country-wide inquiry into price hike of essential food commodities

Islamabad, February 19, 2015 (PPI-OT): The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has initiated a country-wide inquiry into the possible anti-competitive behaviour behind rising prices of essential food commodities in the informal sector, says a press release issued by Competition Commission of Pakistan.

The probe has been initiated after concerns were raised by the public and government that some undertakings in the informal food markets are manipulating supply and prices of the food products against the law and public interest.

It is pertinent to mention here that Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar recently expressed his concerns regarding the price hike seen in essential food commodities, particularly, fruits, vegetables, milk and pulses, during the National Price Monitoring Committee meeting held earlier this week.

In the first phase of the investigation, crucial information regarding undertakings that manipulate pricing and supply of abovementioned commodities is being gathered. In this regard, provinces and district administrations have been approached by the Commission and it is expected that CCP will soon have all the relevant information and data required to take strict action as per the Competition Act, 2010.

Through this investigation, CCP will determine whether the price hike in the food commodities market is a result of anti competitive practice such as cartelization or abuse of dominance, or otherwise. Once the process is complete, CCP may impose substantial penalties on the undertakings involved in accordance with provisions of the Competition Act in order to protect consumers.

CCP is mandated by the Competition Act to enforce the prohibitions against anti competitive practices in all spheres of commercial and economic activities and to protect consumers from anti competitive behaviour.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +92-51-9252323 and +92-51-9252324
Fax: +92-51-9252325 and +92-51-9252326
Email: piopid@gmail.com

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