Network marketing banned.
INDUSTRY and Commerce Minister Zayed Al Zayani issued an edict banning hierarchical and network marketing following an increase in consumer complaints.
"Hierarchical and network marketing flouts rules and regulations, particularly the law on consumer protection," said consumer protection director Senan Ali Al Jabery.
He said some companies adopting such operations have been urged to correct their activities and adhere to the edict.
The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry has also been approached to direct the trading sector to comply with the ban and instruct hotels and hall-renting companies not to allow meetings that promote these marketing practices at their venues.
"The ministry has started taking administrative and legal measures to ensure compliance," Mr Al Jabery said, calling on consumers to co-operate.
The ministry will take steps in co-operation with relevant bodies at the General Directorate of Anti-corruption and Economic and Electronic Security to stop such marketing practices. Violations can be reported via hotline 17007003, email firstname.lastname@example.org or the ministry's Twitter and Instagram accounts.
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