In a move aimed at increasing public knowledge on the dangers of counterfeits, the Fair Competition Commission (FCC) has organised advocacy awareness seminars in Iringa and Mbeya regions later this year.
According to FCC senior communications and public relations officer Frank Mdimi, the seminars are part of the commission’s campign to woo voluntary compliance of the two pieces of legislation it oversees.
The laws are the Fair Competition Act (No. 8. of 2003) and the Merchandise Marks Act of 2011.
He said the seminars to be held in June this year will bring over 200 participants drawn from governmental and non governmental organisations.
In addition, a specialised seminar on counterfeit products for Kariakoo traders in Dar es Salaam is planned during the same period, he said. Similar seminars have already been conducted in six regions whereby more than 700 persons have attended. The seminars were conducted in Kilimanjaro, Mwanza, Dodoma, Morogoro and Mara regions between June and December last year.
There are many benefits arising from the advocacy awareness and consumer protection training seminars the commission conducts countrywide, he said.
They help to pool together various government bodies to have the same framework of understanding of market support legislation namely Fair Competition Act (FCA) and the Merchandise Marks Act (MMA), he said.
He said members of the Business Community were enlightened of their role in fulfilling the requirements of the law (FCA & MMA) in undertaking their businesses.
He noted that the campaign provides members of the business community and the government machinery with a common platform upon which they exchange views and establish working relationships.
The commission, he said, was able to gather views and concerns from the stakeholders, including the need for advising the government on financing expansion of FCC activities at regional and zonal levels.