Consumer Law in Mauritius

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Acknowledgements……………………………………………………………………….Page 2 Sources And References…………………………………………………………………..Page 3 The Emergence of Consumers in society……………………………………………….Page 4 The Consumer viewed in an economical scope………………………………………..Page 4  Relationship between the consumer and the demand and supply theory…….Page 4  Factors influencing demand………………………………………………………..Page 5 What is Consumer Law?.…………………………………………………………………..Page 6 Why the need for Consumer Laws? ……………………………………………………..Page 6 Consumer Vulnerability…………………………………………………………………..Page 6 The Implications of Consumer Laws……………………………………………………Page 7 The Socio-economic evolution of Mauritius……………………………………………Page 8  A brief history of Mauritius’ economy…………………………………………...Page 8  Consumer Protection Act 1998 (some sections) …………………………………Page 9  Fair Trading Act 1988……………………………………………………………..Page 11  Breakthrough in the Consumer Protection Laws………………………………Page 13  ACIM as an advocate of consumer rights………………………………………Page 14 The right to Safe Environment……………………………………………………….…Page 15 The right to Safety………………………………………………………………………..Page 16 The end note………………………………………………………………………………Page 17

Acknowledgements
Our team would first of all like to thank Dr. Jankee for this opportunity of evaluating ourselves in a field completely new to us and to venture into the different aspects of our topic for a greater understanding. We would also like to thank Mr. Jayen Chellum ( Director Of ACIM ) for his unconditional support and interest into making us more aware of the threats to consumers in the Mauritian context and for showing us the path to take for the completion of this group assignment. Last but not the least, we are utterly grateful to Mr. Kailash Trilochun ( Barrister ), for his effort into demonstrating to us the legal aspects and implications of our project.

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Sources and References
 Major Achievements of ACIM Stat Sheet  Consumer Law ( Key Facts ) Book  http://www.geocities.com  http://www.google.com  http://www.wikipedia.org  http://www.supremecourt.mu  http://www.wiki.answers.com  http://openlearn.open.ac.uk  http://www.bized.co.uk  http://tutor2u.net

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CONSUMER LAW
The Emergence of Consumers in society
In ancient times the countries of the world were governed by sole figures. Kings, emperors, sovereigns, rulers or whatever way they were entitled, bore the same similarity; that is all of them lead their respective countries as chiefs. The people had to abide by the laws and the word of those individual characters and possessed no tangible rights. They were therefore treated by rulers as pawns on a checker board. The condition of the people and their absence of rights stayed constant with the advent of a new type of social structure, the communist society. As centuries went by, the people became more aware of democratic methods and much more knowledgeable of the equality of other human beings in terms of gender, ethnicity and so on. This caused a revolution on a global scale as the rights of each and every human being started to be acknowledged and respected. With the emergence of a series of codes of conduct, later labeled as “Laws”, people began to enjoy a more civilized lifestyle. Trade became more commonplace and people relished the buying and selling of goods and services which ultimately resulted in the “buyers” of goods and services being tagged as “consumers”.

The Consumer viewed in an economical scope
A consumer, as defined by the doctrine, is an individual who enters into a transaction primarily for personal, family or household purchases. Yet in many routine cases a consumer is not necessarily a purchaser in the real sense of the term; a consumer could also be someone enjoying public and free facilities and yet demanding a top notch quality and the same standards as services or goods they pay for. Relationship between the consumer and the demand and supply theory A consumer is therefore expected to be someone who...
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