ACA Launches IPR Recordation to Commemorate the World Anti-Counterfeit Property Day 2022

MaryAnne Musilo

The Anti-Counterfeit Authority (ACA) today joined the rest of the world in commemoration of the World Anti-Counterfeit Day. The day is globally organized by the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) – an international network of national and regional IPR enforcement and protection organizations. In Africa, Kenya is the only member of the GACG through the Anti-Counterfeit Authority from East Africa, besides Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

The day brings together National and international IP organizations to raise public awareness of the negative impact of counterfeit and pirated goods on the health, safety, and security of consumers. This year’s theme, “Leveraging on Technology to Combat Counterfeiting”, went at par with the planned launch of ACA’s Intellectual Property Recordation System for all imports into the country.

Recordation is a game-changer in the war against counterfeits. We are seeking to create an Intellectual Property Rights Database that will be used by our officers at border points to easily flag counterfeits before entering the Kenyan market”. Said Ms. Fridah Kaberia, the Acting Executive Director at the Anti-Counterfeit Authority.

“As Kenya embraces innovation and technology, this IPR Recordation measure will use image processing software to assist custom and border point inspectors to have brand information and counter the entry of counterfeits into the country” Ms. Kaberaia added.

According to the World Economic Forum, illicit trade creates an annual drain on the global economy of USD2.2 trillion – nearly 3 per cent of the world’s economy. According to the National Baseline Survey on Counterfeit and Other Forms of Illicit Trade in Kenya, the total size of illicit trade was estimated at KSh 826 billion in 2018, having risen from KSh 726 billion in 2017 translating to 8.9% and 9.3% of GDP respectively. This implies the potential of this trade was wiping out manufacturing sector, thus deeming the country’s prospect for industry-led trade development.

Kenya like any other economy is facing the wrath of countering and illicit trade that is affecting the government development agenda under the Big Four Agenda of economic development. The development framework targets to have the manufacturing sector increase its contribution to the GDP from 8% in 2017 to 15% by 2022.

The Chief Guest the Deputy Head of Public Service, Mr. Wanyama Musiambo and the national coordinator of the enforcement multi-Agency team against illicit trade in Kenya called for the participation of both public and private sectors’ in order to eliminate counterfeit and illicit trade, for health, safety and prosperity of Kenyans.

The Chief Guest the Deputy Head of Public Service, Mr. Wanyama Musiambo and the national coordinator of the enforcement multi-Agency team against illicit trade in Kenya

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