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  • OAS & Consumers International Sign Cooperation Accord / La OEA y CI

    Friday, November 7th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: On Wednesday the Organization of American States (OAS) and Consumers International (CI) signed a cooperation agreement to undertake joint actions to promote and protect consumer rights in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).  Both parties emphasized the impact transborder transactions are having on LAC consumers and the need to develop and promote […]

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    Overview of Consumer Law in LAC

    Thursday, May 17th, 2007

    The Broad Influences
    If you had looked around LAC in the early 1980s, you would have been hard pressed to find a country with a framework consumer protection law, code, statute or regulation (I believe only Colombia had a simple one).  Yes, many had market authorization laws, regulations, Sanitary Codes or special product -based codes or […]

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    Consumer Protection in LAC II-A – The Intergovernmental Actors

    Friday, April 13th, 2007

    To make up for missing World Consumer Rights Day (March 15), I promised to give you a five-part overview of consumer protection in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In Part I, I looked at how consumer agencies and consumer NGOs in the region celebrated the Day.
    Today I’ll provide an overview of and guide […]

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    Consumer Protection in LAC – An Introduction

    Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

    March 15 was World Consumer Rights Day (yeah, I know I’m late!). If you live in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and didn’t realize it, your local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and your national consumer affairs office need more work on their profiles!
    World Consumer Rights Day was invented in 1983 by the global coalition […]

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    MERCOSUR Targets Advertising

    Monday, February 5th, 2007

    From its early days, the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR/MERCOSUL) sought to give the regional pact a consumer protection dimension and one of the first consumer topics it tried to tackle was advertising. A Resolution (binding upon member states) adopted by the principal decision-taking body, the Common Market Group (Grupo Mercado Común – […]

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