Jafza calls for joint initiative to fight illegal trade

Seminar organised to find strategy against counterfeiting, piracy.
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Jafza has called for a a joint initiative of key stakeholders to draw an effective strategy to fight illegal trade and violation of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in the world.

Jafza made the appeal during a panel discussion it had organised at the Dubai Chamber auditorium in Jebel Ali Free Zone on the subject of “combatting illegal trade and safeguarding Intellectual property rights”.

Through the panel discussion Jafza sought to develop a platform which could facilitate closer cooperation and coordination between public and private sector to formulate effective strategy to protect IPR and boost fair trade.

The panel discussion was attended by all key stakeholders including Dubai Customs, DED, Dubai Police, Ministry of Economy, Dubai Chamber, National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL), Brand Owners Protection Group (BPG) and Jafza. The panel discussion was moderated by Saifur Rahman, Business Editor for Gulf News.

Ibrahim Aljanahi, deputy CEO of Jafza said: “The initiative is part of Jafza’s commitment to sustain Dubai and the UAE’s economic development by facilitating fair trade and ensuring that all legal and regulatory requirements are fully complied with. As a responsible corporate citizen of the world, Jafza is fully committed to the fight against growing global piracy, counterfeiting and all kinds of illicit trade.

“IPR infringement and illegal trade are essentially multi-dimensional problem starting from the point of origin, where such goods are manufactured, transit hubs and the destination, where these products are consumed. To win arduous fight against counterfeiting and piracy, the problem needs to be tackled at all the three levels.”

“Through this initiative we also want to leverage the combined strength of government bodies, regulatory/law enforcement authorities and private sector to more effectively handle the problem.

“We in Dubai have been firmly acting against such illegal trade and IPR infringements and will continue to do so even though we realize that for these efforts to become more effective strong support from the origin and destination countries are required. We need to continue learning from each other on best practices and our experiences on countering such activities.”

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