In Uzbekistan, public policy in the field of competition and consumer rights protection will be radically improved.
The draft presidential decree “On measures to radically improve public policy in the field of competition and consumer rights’ protection” has been published.
The followings have been defined as the main principles of public policy:
a) in the field of ensuring competition:
- priority of consumer rights in the implementation of state policy for the development and protection of competition;
- ensuring equal conditions and freedom of economic activity and minimal state interference in the activities of markets;
- competition neutrality in the formation of intolerance to any anti-competitive actions and the application of public policy instruments for the development and protection of competition;
- being able to measure the results of public policy for the development and protection of competition;
- responsibility of public authorities for the development of competition in the sectors for which they are responsible;
- not to hinder the transition of natural monopolies to an economically competitive market;
b) in the field of consumer protection:
- the priority of consumer rights in relations with business entities, government agencies and banks, according to which all insurmountable contradictions and uncertainties arising in the legislation in connection with the purchase of goods (works, services) are interpreted in favor of consumers;
- promoting a rational consumption model;
- unimpeded access of consumers to complete information about goods (works, services);
- protection of personal data and consumer information;
- formation of social responsibility of producers of goods (works, services) and prevention of unfair practices by them;
- to create conditions and available means for raising consumer culture and protecting consumer rights, including in the pre-trial procedure.