The training session on 15th February 2019 in Mozambique was opened by INAE Deputy Inspector General, Acacio Foia from the National Inspectorate of Economic Activities (INAE), INAE Head Office Maputo.
“Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to this training session, presented by Halliday Finch Africa. As you all are aware from what you encounter in your private and professional life, counterfeiting has increased its threat in Africa, where many brands are experiencing problems of their products been copied and sold to consumers. INAE and Halliday Finch Africa have had a 2-year partnership in this regard fighting against such threat and the partnership by means of today’s training is proof of that. I would like to welcome our friends from the Revenue Authority.
I advise all present today to pay strict attention to what the presenters show us, and to participate by means of questions and explaining any problems you encounter in your fields when coming across counterfeits. I have been informed that during this session today the Halliday Finch team will provide us with local contact numbers which you must keep on your phones, so that when you leave here today and are working and have an issue that you need assistance with, I urge you to call that number.
We at INAE have experienced great cooperation with our partnership with the Halliday Finch team. You all have seen the program for today and see that we have a full day ahead of us, so let us join to learn from our partners and apply our training when we depart here today. I would like to welcome Ian McDermid and his team and declare that this session is now open –Thank you”
OBJECTIVE OF THE TRAINING:
- To help Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) officers to distinguish between genuine and counterfeit products of leading brands
- To discuss the methodologies used by counterfeiters and how to identify and combat them.
Global brands spend a lot of money, time and resources on protecting their brand and trademarks. But, despite these measures, the counterfeit market is booming.
These training sessions ensure frontline-staff are equipped with the capacity and skills necessary to uncover and identify counterfeit products as they enter a country. They help to build strong relationships with the LEAs in Mozambique and across Africa – which has had and will continue to have a direct impact on reducing the number of counterfeit products reaching the consumer markets.