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Experts Train On Counterfeiting And Piracy

It’s all about combating counterfeiting and piracy. Experts from World Customs Organisation (WCO) and China Customs are in Fiji conducting a week-long WCO Sub-Regional Workshop for Oceanian Members on Combating
06 Dec 2017 10:29
Experts Train On Counterfeiting And Piracy
Workshop participants with Fiji Revenue and Custom Service director People Capability and Culture, Ruth Williams (front left) and key facilitators Sandra Wens, technical expert, WCO Intellectual Property Right (IPR), Health and Safety Programme (front right) and Tong Hua from China Customs Cooperation Fund

It’s all about combating counterfeiting and piracy.

Experts from World Customs Organisation (WCO) and China Customs are in Fiji conducting a week-long WCO Sub-Regional Workshop for Oceanian Members on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy at the Regional Training Centre in Nasese.

Sandra Wens, technical expert, WCO Intellectual Property Right (IPR), Health and Safety Programme and Tong Hua from China Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF) are the key facilitators of the workshop funded by CCF.

Customs staff from Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) and regional countries including Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu will be trained on best practices, experiences, methods and approaches to combating counterfeiting and piracy to improve networking and to encourage the exchange of information.

“We all will agree that rapid economic, technological and social changes have brought an unprecedented era of beneficent international trade, migration and communication throughout the World,” Fiji Revenue and Customs Service chief executive officer Visvanath Das said.

“But such changes have also produced a much more sinister by-product in the form of international crime, terrorism, arms trafficking, counterfeiting and piracy,” Mr Das said.

Mr Das stressed that due to the high level exploitation by counterfeiters, enhancement of IPR knowledge is crucial.

“Criminals are taking advantage of globalisation and loose border arrangements to disguise the scale and locations of their operations,” Mr Das said.

“Having said that, capacity building in the fight against infringements of IPR is vital for customs administrations faced with the double burden of ensuring trade facilitation whilst simultaneously working to protect the health safety of consumers against trade of fake products which pose a potential threat to their health and safety,” Mr Das said.

Ms Wens said it is important to enhance cooperation with private sector as well to combat counterfeit and piracy.

The workshop will end this Friday.

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