The Anti-Counterfeit Agency plans to strengthen its market intelligence, boost internal capacity and enforcement role as it announced the extension of its strategic plan in the war against fake products.
Executive director, Elema Halake said the first plan was largely successful in the war that saw the agency make close to 700 arrests across the country, seize counterfeit goods worth in excess of Sh1.6 Billion and destroy counterfeit goods worth approximately Sh700 million since 2011.
In addition, the agency is expected to destroy fake goods worth Sh24 million before end of this week. The state agency tasked to fight trade counterfeits also announced it will soon begin discussions on how best to address the changing face of counterfeiting in the market.
“This Strategic plan gives us the tools we need to succeed in a rapidly changing environment and will ensures that our law enforcement mandate remains relevant to the people it serves,” said ACA Board Chairman, Pradeep Paunaranha.
Under the five-year plan, ACA will strengthen its human capital capacity, finance and infrastructure.
Within the same period, it will also increase its geographical spread and capacity building, pursues strategic linkages and alliances with other law enforcement agencies as well diversify public outreach programs.
In bid to keep track on counterfeits, ACA will roll out a digital enforcement case management system to help track and manage cases on counterfeits over the next two months. During the announcement made at a Nairobi Hotel, ACA and Kenya Association of Manufacturers unveiled a report on the state of counterfeiting in the East African Region dubbed The East African Community IPR Regime. The report recommends development of autonomous national IP offices, raise awareness on IPRS and illicit trade.
The authority will roll out a digital enforcement case management system to help track and manage cases on counterfeits in the next two months.
Principal Secretary, Ministry of Investment and Industry, Nduati Mwangi said Kenya now has legal and institutional preparedness to address theft of Intellectual property rights.