PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate international conference on consumer protection for east, south and southeast Asian countries on Thursday, an official statement said.
It is for the first time an international conference on consumer protection is being organised by India for countries of the region, it said.
The two-day conference is based on theme 'Empowering Consumers in New Markets' against the backdrop of the new UN guidelines on consumer protection calling for greater international cooperation, and will provide a platform to discuss and deliberate upon different aspects of consumer protection, said the statement.
"(It is) aimed at shared learning and will explore a way forward for enhanced regional cooperation on the subject," it said.
A total of 22 countries from east, south and southeast Asia, which account for a majority of the global consumers and share common challenges and experiences, are participating.
"The conference will have six working sessions on the subjects of the United Nations Guidelines for Consumer Protection and Implementation, stakeholder participation in consumer protection, protection of online consumers, stakeholders participation, fostering consumer inclusion in financial services, protection of vulnerable groups of consumers and consumer empowerment through education," said the statement.
Experts from different countries and India will be presenting their papers and views, it added.