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The Minister of Industry and Commerce, Ragendra de Sousa, has said that the National Inspectorate of Economic Activities’ Operation Kulaya was suspended because the rules of the institution which he directs were not being observed.
The minister was answering journalists questions in Matola, Maputo province, yesterday,
Operation Kulaya, a multi-sectoral operation aimed at helping the business sector observe legality in various key areas, would “come back to the market in a different way and help the economic operators to comply”, de Sousa said.
“We should not take the press along on our inspections. It is routine government work which does not benefit from a media presence, and that is why I suspended it – because of the way the operation was being conducted, ” he said.
Ragendra explained that his ministry was the exact same institution which had approved the certification of products and that that was an irrevocable decision, “only what happened was that the process was being conducted without observance of the rules”, he said, questioning, for example, the reason for the involvement of firefighters in the operation.
“The operation was planned at the ministry level, where very concrete guidelines were drawn up, and everything that was broadcast on television, for example, was not decided here,” he said.
The Minister of Industry and Commerce was speaking after a ceremony marking the delivery of a donation of 1,000 tons of rice, valued at 40 million meticais, in support of victims of the drought affecting central and southern part of the country.
Operation Kulaya was aimed at regulating the packaging of products and implementing a food fortification seal scheme, and also saw the involvement of the Ministry of Health, municipal councils, the National Institute of Standardisation and Quality and other institutions regulating economic activity.Source: Notícias