Karachi, November 16, 2016 (PPI-OT):The sale of counterfeit products has become so widespread that according to the independent survey reports, that almost 65% of consumer goods including live saving drugs having being sold in the country are look-alikes of original products. The growing menace of counterfeit products has become a serious problem for consumers and producers, so the country’s law enforcement agencies must acquire the ability to investigate this white-collar crime. Laws do exist to curb this menace, but the law enforcement agencies do not have adequate knowledge to distinguish between the fake and genuine products.
This was stated by Mr. Umar Ghauri Secretary Anti counterfeiting Group of Pakistan (ACGP) and Chairman The Consumers Eye Pakistan TCEP in his keynote address in 3rd Seminar on “combating counterfeiting” in connection with internationally celebrated World Anti Counterfeiting Day 2016. Seminar was organized by The consumers Eye Pakistan and Helpline Trust, with the support of Consumer Voice Pakistan and IPO Pakistan, Ministry of Commerce Government of Pakistan.
He pointed out that proliferation of fake and modified goods is not only hurting the consumers and genuine producers of goods, the menace is also adversely affecting the national economy, government revenues and thereby public-sector socio-economic programmes. Umar Ghauri disclosed that huge amount of ill-gotten money invested by unscrupulous elements to raise production of their goods has made it difficult to detect the genuineness. He empathized that there is a critical need to combat counterfeiting and piracy, which have also been found linked to public safety issues including terrorism activities in the country.
Mr. Abdul Hamid Maker, Founder Trustee Helpline Trust, in his opening welcome Address said that, Laws do exist to curb counterfeiting menace, but the law enforcement agencies do not have adequate knowledge to distinguish between the fake and genuine products. He pointed out that, the counterfeiters neither invests in research and development nor do they comply with safety, health and environmental regulations, they only want their products to appear genuine by using all types of ingredients, and even placing better-looking holograms.
Mr. Syed Nasrullah, Deputy Director IPO Pakistan Ministry of Commerce Government of Pakistan in his speech said that, IPO Pakistan is trying to make a favourable environment for global investment in the country. IPO Pakistan is taking various initiatives to enhance capacity building of enforcement agencies so that they could properly act to check the violation of IP laws he added.
Dr. Kaiser Waheed, Chairman, Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association-PPMA in his speech said that, Millions of people in Pakistan alone survive on locally manufactured medicines, which are originally invented by big multinational pharmaceuticals; these multinational companies have expedited their efforts to restrict duplication of their inventions.
Unfortunately, these multinationals see little need for finding cure to diseases affecting poor people and if governments in developing countries fail to safeguard their interests. Addressing Seminar Mr. Rasim Khan, Editor in Chief Consumer Voice Magazine said that, strict and forceful enforcement of existing laws is needed to control the proliferation of counterfeit products which put human lives at risk.
He demands consumer Courts in the province of Sindh. Mr. Ali Kabir Shah, of Ali Kabir Shah, Ali and Associates, in his presentation highlighted the adverse impacts of production and sale of counterfeit products. They also pointed out the suitable measures to check this menace which has been termed as major hindrance in local and foreign investment in the country.
Seminar participants shared their experiences about the sale of counterfeit products in open markets and assured their all possible assistance and cooperation for awareness campaigns and capacity building and expressed determination to adopt stringent measures to curb counterfeiting and piracy which is causing huge financial losses for entrepreneurs as well as national exchequers.
Seminar covered a wide range of topics relating to anti counterfeiting activities, Consumer Protection Laws and quality standards, enforcing laws and the role of Consumer NGO’s protecting consumers. The meeting was presided over by Syed Nasrullah Deputy Director General, Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan, while high-ups of federal and provincial government’s officials, representatives from corporate sector and representatives of consumer NGOs and anti-counterfeiting organizations attended the meeting.
For more information, contact:
The Consumers Eye Pakistan (TCEP)
Suit # 305, Paradise Chamber,
3rd Floor, Saddar,
Tel: 92-21-35644951, 0345-3252669, 0321-2323051
Category: General Business News