Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Tanzania fair commission fights counterfeit mobile phones worth 40m/-
FAIR Competition Commission (FCC) of Tanzania has seized 592 counterfeit mobile phones in Dar es Salaam worth about 44 m/- According to the FCC’s Communications and Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mdimi, the inspection to find out such fake gadgets was conducted by the commission in collaboration with Kenyan-based firm -- Anti- Illicit Trade Agency. “The inspection was carried out to flush out fake phones from the market,” he said, adding that the exercise was ongoing. He called upon the general public to refrain from purchasing fake products, insisting that side effects of such substandard goods touch both the consumers and the government. “Most counterfeits are said to enter the market through illegal routes, it is therefore the public’s role to tip off relevant authorities and ensure they are removed”, he commented. Mr Mdimi noted that FCC was regularly carrying out inspections in cooperation with the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) and the Bureau of Standards (TBS) to make the country free from substandard items.