SANAA, The Parliament on Saturday held its second session for the first half-year for the 14th annual session, under the chairmanship of its Speaker Yahya al-Ra'i, in the presence of the Minister of State for Parliamentary and Shura Council Affairs Dr. Ali Abdullah Abu Hleika.

At this session, the Council reviewed the names of members of the Joint Governmental Parliamentary Committee charged with following up the implementation of the following recommendations:

1. High prices of foodstuffs and medicines.

2- The Government's plan to meet the requirements of citizens during the holy month of Ramadan including foodstuffs.

3 - High prices of oil derivatives and also provide the parliament with images of import contracts and prices of stock exchanges related to this.

4 - Measures taken by the government to combat the spread of epidemics, especially the cholera epidemic and swine flu.

5. Continuing provision of domestic gas, improving the distribution mechanism for citizens and maintenance of gas cylinders.

6- The size of the foreign aid of food and medicines arriving in Yemen and the extent of its safety and the fairness of its distribution to its beneficiaries.

7. Actions taken by the Government regarding traffic disruptions.

8. Payment of salaries of State employees.

The parliament listened to a memorandum submitted by a number of its members addressed to the Speaker of parliament regarding the setting up of an urgent questioning session for the Minister of Higher Education and his deputy to consider the constitutional and legal violations which were deliberately not implemented in regard to admission of displaced students from Hodeidah University to Sanaa University and violations committed by the President of Sanaa University.

On the other hand, the parliament listened to the recommendations contained in the report of the Committee on Trade and Industry on consumer protection proposed to the Council to bind the Government to follow them, as follows:

1. Accelerate the implementation of the Consumer Protection Law and its activation.

2. The necessity of responding to and interacting by the competent authorities and judicial authorities with the Yemen Association for Consumer Protection (YACP) when reporting any violations based on article 44 of Law No. (46) for the year 2008 regarding consumer protection.

3. Re-establish the necessary government support for Yemen Association for Consumer Protection, which was suspended in 2014 in order to fulfill its duty.

4 Combat the phenomenon of the spread of expired food commodities counterfeit counterfeit medicines that are expired and on a continuous basis.

5.Prevent the importation of any goods such as clothes, cosmetics, building materials, sanitary materials, car spare parts, library supplies, school supplies and other goods that do not meet the standards and quality.

6. Put an end to the phenomenon of the spread of prohibited and internationally prohibited pesticides and stand firmly in front of the expansion of the trade of deadly pesticides with emphasis on the need to raise awareness of the seller and the farmer t over dangers of the use of these pesticides and their impact on the health and safety of consumers and the surrounding environment.

7. Intensify awareness programs on consumer rights through various media, social media, schools, mosque preachers and other available means.

8. To stop the use of antibiotics and growth stimulants in poultry farms because they have a negative impact on the health of the immune system of the consumer.

9. To find a rapid treatment for the spread and circulation of more than (6) million household gas cylinders or more unusable and out of readiness for years.

10. Allocation of gas filling stations to vehicles and obliged their owners to provide security and safety tools such as fire extinguisher and others.

11. The speed of issuing the drug and pharmacy law to regulate medicine and punish smugglers and forgers.

12. Activation of the Pesticide Law and the Pesticide Registration Committee and selecting the best competencies and specialties for the membership of this committee from the representative bodies and not registering any pesticides except after the field experiments, in addition activation of the residual effect laboratory test for the pesticides.

13. The speed of the work of a network or a mechanism for coordination between the Supreme Commission for Drug, from on a hand and Customs and Security authorities on the other hand, for the passage of official medicines and the seizure of those who violate them.

14. To activate and support the pharmaceutical control laboratory.

15- Focusing on providing the Supreme Commission of drug with cadres qualified scientifically in the field of medicine.

16. Activate the role of the Ministry of Public Health and Population represented by the General Administration of Preventive and Treatment Nutrition.

17. The government should coordinate with international organizations working in the field of food and drug assistance

while buying aid from producers, manufacturers and domestic importers of food and pharmaceutical goods to ensure quality and validity.

In this regard, the parliament charged the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Abdullah Abdul-Numan to brief the Minister of Industry and Trade on the recommendations of the parliament.

The parliament had started its session by reviewing the minutes of its previous meeting and approved them, and will continue its work on Sunday, God willing.

Source: Yemen News Agency

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