Customs and Business Representatives Discuss Way Forward Towards Joint Efforts in Contending with Illicit Trade in Counterfeit Goods



22 April 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

WCO Regional Workshop on Countering Counterfeiting and Piracy was conducted on 20 – 22 April 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan, and in cooperation with the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD). A total of 69 persons representing WCO Members, Malaysian competent authorities and various industries took part in this regional Customs training program.

At the Opening Ceremony of the Regional Workshop, Dato’ Sri Khazali bin Haji Ahmad, Director General of the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD) and A/P Regional Vice Chair, delivered remarks and highlighted the implication of counterfeit goods to the health and safety of the general public, ramifications of transnational organized crime and terrorism, WCO Member Customs’ determination to contend with illicit trade in IPR infringing goods, and the value of Customs and business collaboration to counter the continued challenges in this regard.

Both Customs and business representatives actively participated in the programs facilitated by Ms. Junko YAMAMOTO of the WCO Secretariat and Mr. Ugyen TSHERING of Bhutan Customs. Participants shared their enforcement mechanisms and experiences in collaborating with intellectual property rights holders at national and international levels, and discussed possible way forwards towards continued collaborative efforts among public and private sectors to tackle illicit trafficking in counterfeit goods. Participants reaffirmed the importance of collaboration between public and private sectors, and share the view that candid dialogues among those stakeholders is encouraged at both national and international levels, including provision of training for Customs’ frontline officers.
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