ASEAN will hold its first Consumer Protection Conference (1st ACPC) from December 8-9 in Hanoi, according to the ASEAN Secretary Committee.

The event will see the participation of representatives of government bodies handling consumer protection schemes, researchers, non-governmental organisations, private sectors, business associations and relevant organisations involving in consumer protection enforcement.

The first ACPC will deliberate on a wide range of topics on current issues and challenges relating to financial transactions, consumer product safety, e-commerce and development of consumer redress mechanisms.

It is expected to generate fruitful discussions and exchange of views on the development of consumer protection in ASEAN and engender deliberations on the future direction of the regional consumer trends and challenges.

The conference, to be hosted by the Vietnam Competition Authority under the auspices of the ASEAN Committee on Consumer Protection, is part of a wider scale project entitled “Supporting Research and Dialogue in Consumer Protection” funded by the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Programme Phase II (AADCP II).-VNA