PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT (PSA)

Minister warn beverages distributors
Minister warn beverages distributors
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It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), that the prices of locally produced beverages from the Monrovia Breweries Incorporated, particularly Beer and Guinness Stout are being hiked by some distributors on the Liberian market.

As part of efforts to swiftly address the matter, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has begun a robust investigation into the situation that is of serious concern and is therefore leaving no stone unturned in responding to the issue.  The Ministry seriously considers the reported hike in the prices of these locally produced beverages as unfair, considering its adverse effect on consumers.

A recent engagement with the Management of the Monrovia Breweries, Inc., the sole producer of local breweries in the commerce of Liberia established that there was a shortage of water supply and exercises for the standardization and conformation assessment of its production lines three (3) weeks ago. However, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s investigation   indicates that such exercise by the Monrovia Breweries Incorporated did not have any upward price effect on all the products manufactured and to be produced.

Against this backdrop, the Ministry is strongly warning all local distributors of these locally manufactured beverages, produced by the Monrovia Breweries Incorporated to immediately desist from such practice or be made to account for their actions in accordance with law.

Penalties for violation range from suspension, cancellation of business registration to revocation, as enshrined in Section 4.11. D of the General Business Law of the Republic, among other actions.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry encourages the public to report any business found in said act, through its Consumers Protection Unit (CPU) or the Division of Public Affairs.

 

 

 

 

Jacob N.B. Parley

Communications Director

Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Emails: jacobtheancestor@yahoo.com/jparley@staff.moci.gov.lr

Contacts: 0777604576/0886560455

WhatsApp: 0881336137