Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

28 June 2014

Tanzania: War Intensified Against Counterfeit Products

Dodoma — SUB-standard imported products manufactured under the brand name of reputable business companies will not be allowed to 'flood' the local markets and importers behind the gimmick are liable for punishment, says the government.

The Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals, Mr Charles Kitwanga, told the National Assembly that the government was much concerned about the welfare of its people and would not allow Tanzania to become a dumping place for fake industrial products.

Mr Kitwanga was responding to a question by Ms Clara Mwatuka (Special Seats - CUF,) on behalf of the Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology. Ms Mwatuka wanted to know the government position over continued importation of low quality products.

She also wanted to learn about measures taken to help control the trend and especially the notorious importation of fake mobile phone handsets.

"There are genuine mobile phones that are sold at affordable prices therefore cheap prices cannot be an excuse for people to rush for counterfeit handsets," Mr Kitwanga noted.

He also pointed out that not all the Chinese handsets were fake, adding, the government was against handsets manufactured under the name of other reputable companies but in fact are not genuine.

Mr Kitwanga urged buyers to help identify suppliers of forged products for appropriate actions taken against them. In a supplementary question, Ms Zainabu Vulu (Special Seats-CCM), also wanted to know plans by the government to prevent users from unethical information obtained from the internet some readily available in smart phones.

Mr Kitwanga challenged the entire community to work together to help build a responsible and dignified society, as the government continues with efforts through the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) to address the matter.

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