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FCC, ZFCC join hands to fight counterfeit

FCC, ZFCC join hands to fight counterfeit

The Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar fair competition commissions have joined hands to fight substandard and counterfeit goods in the country.

The two commissions—the mainland FCC and island ZFCC—joined hands despite of having nocommon union law and regulations.

The two fair competition commissions started by sharing experience following a three-day visit of ZFCC delegates to FCC to learn various methods of protecting products in Dar es Salaam.

The FCC Director General, Mr William Erio, said yesterday at the end the ZFCC officials in Dar that the fight is still on since the substandard and counterfeit goods are in the streets at the both ends of the union.

“These kinds of visits are not new. The idea is to share knowledge once in a while to clean our markets from such kinds of goods,” Mr Erio said at the end of the ZFCC visit.

The ZFCC delegation was headed by Director General, Mohamed SijariMohamed who was appointed recently.  

“When I was appointed I also visited ZFCC to learn a number of strategies they used to combat the vice…the end goal is to share knowledge and experience,” Mr Erio said.  

He said, for instance, they have learned that some unfaithful traders—agents of imported products—are used to penetrate substandard and counterfeit goods in the market under the umbrella of genuine producer.

"We must share with[ZFCC]these new tricks and counter measures to be able to deal and monitor the imported agents squarely,” the FCC boss said.

The ZFCC Director General, Mr Mohamed said the main purpose of the visit was to learn how the mainland commission conducts its business on fighting counterfeit and substandard goods.

"We have learnt a lot. The main thing was how to develop counterfeit control despite trade not to be on union governance…

“But we still have to cooperate to protect businesses for the benefit of the two sides of unions," said Mr Mohamed at the end of the three-day tour of duty.

The two fair competition commissions vowed to create favourableconditionsto enable the business on both sides of the union to operate and compete smoothly.

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