JAKARTA, May 4 (Xinhua) -- The ASEAN Committee on Consumer Protection (ACCP) launched the ACCP Website (www.aseanconsumer.org) at its 5th meeting held in Bali, Indonesia, intending to help consumers on matters pertaining to recalled/banned products, consumer redress mechanism, training and education information, a statement released by the ASEAN Secretariat said here on Friday.
The development of the ACCP website for the ASEAN region was led by Malaysia, the outgoing chair of the ACCP and the chair of the Working Group on Cross Border Consumer Redress.
Indonesia, who chairs the Working Group on Rapid Alert System & Information Exchange, completed the first compilation of recalled/ banned products in ASEAN for the period of Nov. 1, 2011 -- April 30, 2012 as posted on the ACCP website.
"Malaysia is very proud that the website has been completed. It facilitates consumers to access information on consumer protection in ASEAN through a single platform. It will not only benefit ASEAN consumers, but also visitors who visit ASEAN for official or personal matters," said the outgoing Chairperson of the ACCP, Madame Mahani Tan Abdullah, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism at the launching.
Also highlighted at the meeting was the handover of ACCP chairmanship from Malaysia to the Philippines.
Malaysia has been the chair of the ACCP since the establishment of the ACCP in 2007. Additionally, ACCP held consultation sessions with the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II (AADCP II), GS1, OECD, and the Southeast Asian Consumer Council ( SEACC).
The series of sessions were aimed at developing better cooperation and coordination and to identify possible areas of collaboration in consumer protection for ASEAN.
The ACCP expressed its appreciation to the Government of Indonesia for hosting the Fifth ACCP Meeting, excellent arrangements, and hospitality provided.