NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya seized counterfeit goods worth over 100 million shillings
(1 million U.S. dollars) in April in various parts of the
country, officials of the Anti-Counterfeit Authority (ACA)
announced on Monday.
Flora Mutahi, ACA chairperson,
said most of the counterfeit goods are imports and entered the
country through the sea ports, with over 70 percent of the fake
goods passing through the main port of Mombasa.
"Left unchecked, illicit trade is the biggest threat to
attainment of the manufacturing and job creation pillar of the
government’s Big Four Agenda.
"We are committed towards safeguarding the interests of
genuine traders, hence the increased efforts to curb illicit
trade," Mutahi said.
The merchandise included electrical appliances, sportswear
and equipment of premium trademarks, motor vehicle spare parts,
digital TV antennas and toners among others.
Elema Halake, ACA executive director, said that unscrupulous
investors are increasingly changing tact and are now involved at
several points across the supply chain from manufacturing,
importation, distribution, wholesale and retail.
To curb this, he revealed that the authority was investing in
technology to increase efficiency, in line with its mandate of
protection of intellectual property owners.