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In the first half of this year PACP Visitors’ Counterfeit Goods Index increases by 33%

03/09/2019

The Department of Economic Data and Information of the Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP) reported a 33.3% increase in the visitors' counterfeit goods index at the Public Authority's Office during the first half of 2019 compared to the same period last year.

 

According to the analytical report of the statistical indicators for the first half, the total number of visitors reached (6003) visitors representing individuals, institutions and government and private bodies, in addition to students of public and private schools, summer centers, and a number of official delegations. The high rate of visitors is attributed to the extraordinary role of the exhibition in attracting all segments of society and to the efforts of those in charge throughout the year. These visits come within the framework of the Authority's keenness to spread awareness among all segments of society, to acquire sufficient consumer information that develops public awareness of consumption issues, and to create a personal awareness of the consumer rights and duties. In addition to enabling suppliers to know the most important goods prohibited to import and circulation and what are counterfeit goods to avoid displaying to consumers.

 

The exhibition management also carried out a number of external exhibitions, educational programs and community events in various government agencies. During the visits, visitors were introduced to what are counterfeit goods and how dangerous effect on individuals and society in general, how to distinguish between them and the original ones. They were also introduced to goods that did not conform to specifications and standards that were withdrawn from the markets, the most important seizures carried out by the Authority during the course of its work, and samples of goods that have been banned.

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 No one imagined that greed and deviousness would reach such a staggering level that thought exist only in movies and investigative drama shows , yet it became a stark reality when some merchants sought to make a profit on the account of health and safety of the young and adults alike utilizing the God-given intellect that they posses into destruction and evil instead of serving public good , the devious plan used ( Back to school ) season by carving holes inside books and hiding chewing tobacco inside in away from the inspectors notice targeting the younger generation with these destructive materials that effect the health , mind and safety of our kids .
 The Judicial officers noticed that consumers come very frequently to a specific shop during one of the inspection tours which raised their suspicions to strengthening the monitoring and follow up on that matter , students were spotted in the shop as well , the Officers expediently intervened to inspect the shop , the inspection did not reveal anything at first , however , the officers noticed a stack of books and decided to inspect it , surprisingly , they found more than 600 pouches of chewing tobacco on its way to be sold and distributed on consumers and students , the officers immediately issued a violation and referred the case to the General Prosecution to deal with the matter as per the Law


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