Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Seized counterfeits await destruction/XINHUA-File


Kenya to conduct study on counterfeits

Seized counterfeits await destruction/XINHUA-File

Seized counterfeits await destruction/XINHUA-File

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 11- The Anti-Counterfeit Agency plans to spend close to Sh30 million to carry out a countrywide survey on the state of the counterfeit trade in Kenya.

The agency’s Executive Director Stephen Malowa said the survey which will kick off in August this year will focus more on the fast moving goods like cosmetics and electronics which he said have been mostly affected by the vice.

The agency will carry out the study in partnership with the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA).

“We want to know what exact figures are we talking about and what areas we should start with and where to allocate more resources. So, that study is critical to us going forward,” he said.

“It’s a countrywide survey involving hundreds of researchers from local and even international universities. The proposal is in place, the methodology too and all we need to do now is to execute it.”

Malowa said according to earlier statistics, Kenya is losing close to Sh70 billion annually through the sale of fake products.

He has attributed the increase of the illegal business to extreme low prices of counterfeit commodities which are also especially in these tough economic times.

The agency plans to seek funding from international donors, to be able to increase its operations capacity in dealing the illegal trade.

“We are going to strengthen our intelligence cooperation with other law enforcers like the Kenya Bureau of Standards, the customs and the police and you will definitely see a reduction,” Malowa pointed out.

He was speaking on Tuesday during the launch of a seven-day campaign in Nairobi and Machakos counties to create awareness among Kenyans to always prefer buying genuine products over fake ones.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Click to comment

More on Capital Business

Executive Lifestyle

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – The country’s super wealthy individuals are increasing their holding of bonds, gold and cash, a new report by Knight...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi has urged members of the public to exercise extreme caution when making any...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi is set to own half of Centum Investment Company PLC, following a go-ahead...

Ask Kirubi

It is without a doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has caught the whole world by surprise. Although its full impact is yet to be...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Commercial Banks have been ordered to provide relief to borrowers on their personal loans, with loans eligible from March...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun17 – Kenya’s tea leaves manufacturer Kericho Gold, has been awarded the Superbrands Seal by Superbrands East Africa for their quality variety...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 13 – As the local telecommunications industry gears up to roll out 5G networks in the country, the Communications Authority of...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 22 – Airtel Kenya is offering free internet access for students in order to enable continued learning at home in the...