PSDA calls an end to entry of counterfeit electronic products
By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia
Following the flooding of the Zambian market with counterfeit electronic products, the Private Sector Development Agency (PSDA) has urged law enforcement agencies to keep abreast of modern technology in order to fight against counterfeit products.
PSDA chairperson Yusuf Dodia said law enforcement agencies needs more training to curb the influx of fake products being dumped on the local market.
The Zambian market, like many other markets in Africa, is flooded with counterfeit electronic product,s especially mobile handsets from China.
But Dodia said there is need for government agencies to keep abreast of the modern technology and to work together with the private sector in order to curb the influx of such electronic products.
In particular, he said some personnel from Consumer and Competition Protection Commission (CCPC), Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) and Intellectual Protection Unit (IPU) as officials who require more training.
“There is need for capacity building among law enforcement agencies who deal with the fight against counterfeit products. Most of the personnel require training so that they are able to identify the difference between original, counterfeit and similar products,” Dodia told the media last week.
He said once the agencies work on capacity building, it will enable the personnel to conduct their work professionally.
Dodia said there is need to sensitise the public on the dangers of counterfeit products and report such cases to relevant authorities.
Dodia said the influx of such fake products on the market has negatively affected local private sector whose sales have been declining steadily because the counterfeit products are sold cheaply.