Ministry of Commerce removes the price control over certain products

Ish Sookun

It has been a month now since the sanitary curfew has been lifted in Mauritius and "things" have gradually started to take a normal course; or we are rather accepting the "new normal" trend.

The Government had laid strict guidelines for businesses previously but now they have been easing most of the restrictions. The latest being the removal of price control over certain products which the Ministry of Commerce and Consumer Protection had imposed after receiving complaints of pricing malpractices by supermarkets and shops owners during the curfew period.

As per the cabinet decisions of 3 July 2020, published on the Prime Minister Office's website, the cabinet has "noted" that cases of abusive prices have decreased and thus cabinet decided to remove certain products from the price control. These products include:

  • Butter
  • Spreads and margarine
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Processed cheese
  • Pasta
  • Pulses
  • Baby and adult diapers

Expect a price hike next time you visit your local supermarket for grocery shopping.