Specialists from World Customs Organization (WCO) and China Customs are in Fiji leading a week-long WCO Sub-Regional Workshop for Oceanian Members on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy at the Regional Training Center in Nasese.
The key facilitators of the workshop supported by CCF include Sandra Wens, technical expert, WCO Intellectual Property Right (IPR), Health and Safety Program and Tong Hua from China Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF).
Customs staff from Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) and provincial nations including Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu will be prepared on best practices, encounters, techniques and ways to deal with counterfeiting and piracy to enhance organizing and to support the trading of data.
Speaking on the issue of counterfeiting, Visvanath Das, Fiji Revenue and Customs Service chief executive officer said, “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. 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 focused on that because of the abnormal state misuse by counterfeiters, improvement of IPR information is vital.
He further added that criminals are taking advantage of globalisation and loose border arrangements to disguise the scale and locations of their operations.
Ms. Wens said it is essential to upgrade collaboration with private sector also to battle counterfeiting.
The workshop will end on 8th December, 2017.