Are Counterfeit Goods Impacting Africa's Prosperity?

Counterfeit or fake goods are making its way onto the continent at a rapid rate and its impact is being felt economically, with Tanzania the latest country to start counting the cost.

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A market in Dar Es Salaam known to sell numerous types of counterfeit products.

  • Africa:  The Faking Game - Dealing With Counterfeit Goods (analysis)

    This is Africa, 6 November 2012

    The counterfeit industry has grown, turning brand protection into a big business read more »

  • Tanzania:  Country Loses U.S.$571 Million to Counterfeits

    East African Business Week, 23 September 2012

    It has been revealed that the East Africa's second largest economy loses over Tsh900bn ($571.79m) revenue due to counterfeit businesses. read more »

  • Kenya:  Nokia to Collect Fake Handsets for Recycling

    Capital FM, 19 September 2012

    Nokia has partnered with local mobile service providers and retail outlets to collect and dispose off counterfeit phones, ahead of the planned switch-off of these devices by the ... read more »

  • Uganda:  Traders Press for Anti-Counterfeit Law (opinion)

    The Observer, 19 September 2012

    If the Uganda Communications Commission switched off all counterfeit phones today, almost all phone shops in Kampala would close. In the same spirit, if the anti-counterfeits bill ... read more »

  • Uganda:  Stop Fake Drugs Before They Enter (editorial)

    The Observer, 18 September 2012

    The National Drug Authority has banned a cross section of drugs on the Ugandan market that have been found to be substandard. Apparently the drugs, which include some well known ... read more »

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Court gavel.