FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES

FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES

FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES:

This is set out under the Commerce Commission Act as follows:

  1. The functions of Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission are stipulated under Section 15 of the Commerce Commission Decree 2010 and are as follows:
  •  Administering the Commerce Commission Act 2010;
  •  Maintenance of a register of access agreements;
  •  Provision of advice to the Minister about proposed access agreements;
  •  Facilitation of negotiations about access to infrastructure facilities or services under access regimes;
  • Arbitration of disputes about access to infrastructure facilities or services under access regimes;
  • Promoting  the interests of consumers and persons negotiating or considering the acquisition of goods or services as consumers and to assist, them   to a greater awareness in relation to their assessment and use of goods or services;
  • Collecting, examining and disseminating  information in respect of matters affecting or likely to affect the interests of consumers or persons     negotiating or considering the acquisition of goods or services as consumers;
  • Receiving  and considering  complaints concerning matters affecting or likely to affect the interests of consumers or persons negotiating or   considering the acquisition of goods or services as consumers and, if the Commission is of the opinion that such action is warranted, to investigate    the complaints and take such action in respect thereof as seems proper to the Commission;
  • Investigating fraudulent or deceptive practices in relation to matters that affect or are likely to affect the interests of consumers or persons negotiating or considering the acquisition of goods or services as consumers and to take such action in respect of the practices as seems proper to the Commission;
  • Advising  and assisting persons who seek from the Commission information or guidance on matters affecting or likely to affect their interests as consumers or as persons negotiating or considering the acquisition of goods or services as consumers;
  • Encouraging and undertake the dissemination of information concerning consumer affairs to producers, manufacturers and suppliers of goods or services;
  • Keeping  under review commercial activities carried on and to collect information regarding such activities and the persons whom they are carried on, with a view to becoming aware of, and ascertaining the circumstances relating to;
  • Fixing and declaring maximum prices and where need be, quantities, for goods and services and rents;
  • Provision of policy advice to the Minister on matters relating to competition and matters of national interest;
  • Conducting independent competition and pricing study for goods and services offered in limited competitive markets.
  • Discharging such other functions as the Minister may direct or are conferred on the Commission by or under the Commerce Commission Decree, 2010 or any other written law.

The Commission has the following functions in relation to regulated industries:

  • The provision of advice to the Minister about proposed access agreements;
  • The maintenance of a register of access agreements;
  • The facilitation of negotiations about access to infrastructure facilities or services under access regimes;
  • The arbitration of disputes about access to infrastructure facilities or services under access regimes;
  • If, under a law relating to a regulated industry, the referring authority delegates to the Commission the power to impose, modify or revoke conditions in respect of licenses granted under that law – the imposition, modification and revocation of those conditions in accordance with the relevant delegation;