Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

5 July 2014

Tanzania: War Against Counterfeit Commodities Intensifies

THE Fair Competition Commission (FCC) has vowed to intensify the war against counterfeit commodities to make the Tanzanian market flood with genuine and first-rate goods for the safety of consumers.

Speaking to reporters at the ongoing 38th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF), Commission's officials said their major target is to protect and promote competition in markets and protect consumers from unfair and misleading market conduct.

The FCC Director General pointed out that the commission is determined to ensure that it executes its functions as provided by the Fair Competition Act.

"We are looking forward to continuing serving Tanzanians with great zeal, and we therefore appeal to the general public to join forces with the commission to ensure that our goals are easily attainable," he insisted.

The Director of Anticounterfeit Division in the commission, Mr John Mbonela Ringo said that due to stringent efforts made by the commission, counterfeit goods amounting to 4.2bn/- have been destroyed since 2007.

He insisted that FCC is doing its best to fight counterfeits despite myriad challenges, adding: "Fencing out counterfeits from our economy is necessary to ensure our sustainability as businesses, consumers and the economy."

The Director of Compliance Division, Dr Deo Nangela pointed out that there are about 140 cases that have been resolved by the commission relating to various issues leading to substantial hindrance to competition in the country.

According to the director, the division deals with enforcement of legislative provisions relating to restrictive business practices--abuse of domination position, business agreement cartels, mergers and acquisition that lead to impediment to the competition.

Earlier, FCC Senior Communications and Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mdimi noted that intensified inspections by the commission at all the country's entry points have seen reducing penetration of substandard and counterfeit goods into the local market.

In the recent years, he said, over 100 containers of different low quality goods were seized, but with increased inspections at all entry points particularly in ports, the number declined.

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