CDA Consult to publish Counterfeit Electrical Products report

Koforidua, July 31, GNA – The Communication
for Development and Advocacy (CDA Consult) is to publish in September, results
of the Counterfeit Electrical Product and Electronic Appliances survey
conducted in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The survey conducted in April this year, was
to assess the proliferation of Counterfeit Electrical Products and Electronic
Appliances in the Region, and establish with empirical data, the estimated
volume of counterfeited electrical goods in circulation.

The survey also seeks to gather information on
the knowledge of specific counterfeited electrical goods by categories of
product as well as by brands and the main counterfeited electrical goods in the
Region.

Respondents, mainly from the Ghana National
Fire Service, Ghana Police Service, Ghana Immigration Service, Northern
Electrification Distribution Company, Electrical Contractors, Electrical and
Electronic Appliances dealers, were also tasked to list the most counterfeited
goods in terms of brand.

Also included in the respondents are
procurement officers, media practitioners and other end users, who were to also
identify main users of those counterfeited electrical products.

The Brong Ahafo respondents were also required
to establish a hierarchy of identified places, where electrical counterfeited
goods are being sold and assess the perception of damage caused by illicit or
counterfeited electrical goods in the Region.

Meanwhile, Mr Francis Ameyibor, CDA Consult
Executive Director, has called for joint efforts to fight the proliferation of
counterfeit electrical products in the country.

He said the survey conducted in Brong Ahafo
Regional was to back the campaign with empirical data from strategic
stakeholders on the seriousness of the problem confronting the nation and
dealers in the sector.

He said the campaign embarked upon by CDA
Consult was to sensitize the public against the usage of counterfeit electrical
goods and electronic appliances. It started in December 2017 at Ho, Volta
Region, and moved to the Brong Ahafo Region, in April this year. The group is
preparing to go to Tamale, Northern Region in September.

Mr Ameyibor, made the call at a media briefing
on the holistic public education campaign and exhibition dubbed “Avoid
patronage of counterfeit electrical products and electronic appliances
campaign” at Koforidua the Eastern Regional capital.   

He explained that usage of counterfeit
electrical products was a major contributor to the rampant fire outbreaks in
homes and work places, and therefore called for an urgent need to support state
institutions with public education on the dangers associated with patronage of
counterfeited electrical products.

Mr Ameyibor said counterfeit electrical
products and electronic appliances usage had negative economic impact on the
country, as it impeded development, created financial losses to investors and
the state as well as loss of life.

He said counterfeiters also evade payment of
taxes.

Mr Ameyibor said the campaign sought to help
the public understand the dangers associated with patronizing counterfeit
electrical products and electronic appliances.

He said his organization sought to pursue the
campaign through the creation of a multidimensional stakeholder platform across
the ten regional capitals in the country and in 150 districts to harness
collective resources and strength of stakeholders to fight counterfeiters in
the electrical and electronic Industry.

Mr Ameyibor said the campaign would educate
the public to easily identify counterfeit electrical and electronic products.

He said the CDA Consult campaign was
collaborating with the Ghana Standards Authority, Services Merchandize Limited,
Police Service, National Fire Service, New Lucky Electricals and other state
institutions in this anti-counterfeiting campaign.

GNA

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