Japan to assist Nigeria to check counterfeit products

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The Japanese Government has pledged to assist Nigeria in its fight against substandard and counterfeit products.

The Trade Commissioner of  Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) Mr Taku Miyazaki, made this pledge while speaking in Lagos on Thursday.

Miyazaki said consumers and investors needed to be protected from the negative impact of counterfeiting which had destroyed the economy, business investments and international trade relationships.

According to him, his government will collaborate with relevant government agencies in Nigeria to boost capacity of personnel through various workshops to detect fake and substandard products and protect intellectual property.

He said unfair trade practice was one of the greatest concerns of investors in Nigeria.

He said enhancing skills of customs officials and those of other relevant agencies would promote economic growth, prosperity and sustainable development.

Effectively tackle counterfeiting
Miyazaki said the Japanese government had utilised the training to enhance the economies of the United Arab Emirate (UAE), India and some other Asian countries.

He said bringing the training to Nigeria would assist the Federal Government to actualise the objectives its Economic and Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP), plug revenue leakages and build a virile economy.

“It will be a win-win situation for both countries. Trust will  be enhanced, trade volume, investments and productivity will  increase,” he said.

Miyazaki said it was imperative to engage in adequate sensitisation of consumers, build strong institutions and enforcement capacity to effectively tackle counterfeiting.

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) had disclosed that since 2,000, over one million Nigerians working in the textile industries had lost their jobs to activities of  counterfeiters.

Industry experts have estimated that N15 billion is lost annually to counterfeiting and substandard products and this has led to the collapse of many manufacturing firms.

 

NAN/Lateefah Ibrahim