Karachi, August 20, 2015 (PPI-OT):“Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority as a notational standards body is fully aware about counterfeit products floating in the markets and have already launched crackdown against these Products in all over Pakistan. PSQCA’s Task force teams regularly visiting Markets, Stores, factories and open bazaars, to combat unregistered, counterfeit products. I assure you that PSQCA will not let counterfeiters free or unchecked in the country”.
This was stated by Barkat Saeed Memon Director General Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority in his speech in 2nd Seminar on “Combating Counterfeiting” on occasion of World Anti Counterfeiting Day 2015, jointly organized by The consumers Eye Pakistan (TCEP), Helpline Trust and Consumer Voice Mag with the collaboration of Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) and Intellectual Property Organisation of Pakistan IPO, Director General PSQCA’s speech was read by Mr. Nazeer Hussain Malhan Director Standardisation Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority.
Umar Ghauri, Chairman The Consumers Eye Pakistan-TCEP, in his key note speech stressed critical need to combat counterfeiting and piracy, which has also been found, linked to public safety issues. He said that “in the absence of counterfeit specific laws, special courts and delay in justice are hampering efforts to curb the spread of counterfeit goods in the country.
A strict and forceful enforcement of existing laws is needed to control the proliferation of counterfeit products which put human lives at risk”. Umar Ghauri Chairman TCEP further said that “the sale of counterfeit products, in particular, has become so widespread that according to some circles almost 65% of consumer goods having sold in the country are look-alikes of original products”.
Hamid Maker founder Helpline Trust in his opening Remarks asked for strict Consumer Protection Law to combat counterfeiting and provide protection to industry as well as consumers. He warns that if we allow this illegal business to carry on unchecked, then we too are equally guilty of this crime. He pointed out that lack counterfeiting enforcement laws has tarnished our image in the International community and has had a negative effect in the investment climate, as nobody wants to invest in a country where laws are not respected nor enforced.
Abdul Qadir Orakzai, Registrar, Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan (I.P.O) said that “the Lack of awareness to protect intellectual property rights is harming the economy of Pakistan, as well as, the image of the country at global level, the intellectual property rights have a great role for boosting the economy of Pakistan as well as building the image of country”.
Orakzai said “the Intellectual Property Organization Pakistan is trying to make a favourable environment for global investment in the country”. Rasim Khan Editor Consumer Voice Mag presents his presentation and speaks about media’s role in Anti counterfeiting. He said that “Some manufacturers use non-food grade plastics and colours in their products, which cause cancer.
While other manufacturers use old rusted tins and plastic bottles for packing cooking oils and bottled water”. Highlighting IPR Rasim Khan said that “Intellectual Property (IP) is critical for competitive economy in the back drop of ongoing globalization. Sustainable economic growth now depends largely on Hi-tech R and D base and efficient knowledge input”.
In other Guest Speakers who spoke on the occasion were Ghulam Umar Kazi Director International Relation PSQCA, Abrar-ud-Din, C.E.O, Naheed Supermarket, Tahir Rizvi CEO OneApple Pakistan and Haroon Rasheed. The speakers had stated that counterfeit goods including food and medicine products are not only a serious health hazard, but they cheat the government of revenue, infringe on intellectual property rights of the original manufacturer, have a negative effect on investment and tarnish the image of Pakistan.
They highlighted the harm that they were doing to the economy and to the health of the consumers and emphasized the need for action against the dangers of counterfeit products including food and life saving drugs in Pakistan.
The seminar covered a wide range of topics relating to anti counterfeiting activities, intellectual property rights, Consumer Protection Laws and quality standards, enforcing laws and the role of Consumer NGO’s protecting consumers. The seminar was attended by large number of personalities, Print and electronic media personals representatives from corporate sector, representatives of NGO’s, Social workers students and volunteers.
For more information, contact:
Jawaid Hussain Siddiqui
Media Adviser, PSQCA
Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority
Government of Pakistan
(Ministry of Science and Technology)
Cell No. 0333-2266957
Tel: (92-21) 99206546
Fax: (92-21) 99203919