Cairo marks World Consumer Rights’ Day
To mark the World Consumer Rights’ Day, under the auspices of the Prime Minister Engineer Sherif Ismail, a celebration was held on March 20th, 2016 at Conrad Hotel under the title “Energy and Efficiency: More Savings”, bringing together Ministries of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Supply and Internal Trade, the Consumer Protection Authority (CPA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union delegation in Egypt.
The event comes in line with the joint cooperation between the Ministries of Electricity & Renewable Energy, Supply and Internal Trade to promote energy efficiency in Egypt and its importance to protect consumers’ rights in receiving high standards of electricity while preserving it for next generations.
The Minister of Electricity Dr. Mohamed Shaker praised the cooperation between the ministries and their partners in disseminating the LED lamps as energy efficient lighting systems through the consumer complexes. He has announced the launch of a national energy efficiency awareness campaign. He has also invited the commercial sector in Egypt to covert to efficient lighting systems after the pilot projects have demonstrated the technical and financial feasibility of the LED technology.
The Minister of Supply and Internal Trade, Dr. Khaled Hanafi, stressed that “we have started the energy efficiency pilot projects in consumer complexes. We are currently evaluating the experience to apply it to all other complexes”. He also acknowledged the Metro Supermarket initiative to covert lighting systems of one of its branches to LED thus setting a model for other supermarkets for reducing operational costs that can reflect on the prices of commodities.
On behalf of UNDP, Assistant Resident Representative Mohamed Bayoumi said that a lot has been achieved in the energy sector. The Energy efficiency project has been implemented in Cairo and is part of an initiative that includes 100 countries all over the world. 20 pilot projects have been implemented to-date and reached remarkable savings. He confirmed that Egypt is showing the first signals towards the market transformation to efficient lighting after the results of the pilot projects showed the financial feasibility for the transformation to LED lighting systems.
General Atef Yacoub; Chairman of CPA, announced during the event that the agency chose the event’s theme to raise people’s awareness of their right to receive sustainable electricity and the importance of joining the energy efficiency national efforts. These efforts have economic benefits for the people and the country.
During the event, a new CPA website was launched as a tool for building consumer awareness and acts as an interface for receiving consumer complaints.
The Energy Efficiency project is encompassed within the global partnership initiative of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UNDP to phase-out inefficient lighting systems and, hence, reduce costs for consumers, so-called the “Global Market Transformation for Efficient Lighting” initiative.