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Crime of the 21st century

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

COUNTERFEIT trade fuelled by greed and profit has taken advantage of globalisation and provides one of the biggest challenges for customs officers in Fiji and around the world.

These were the comments of the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority border control national manager Watisoni Rauicava.

He made the comments while speaking to participants at the 34th International Organisation for Standardisation Consumer Policy Committee (ISO/COPOLCO) meeting in Nadi.

"The counterfeit trade has been branded as the crime of the 21st century. It is a phenomenon that must be understood and made known so that a global effort is made to fight against this crime," he said.

"The community, the industry, and enforcement agency must collaborate and develop co-operative mechanisms to address this threat."

Mr Rauicava added that international crime organisations were behind transnational crime and had no respect for boundaries, borders or the lives of people affected by the counterfeit trade.

"Counterfeit trade has also evolved to a point where most if not all commodities are likely targets. These include commodities that can have a direct effect of the health and safety of people and economy," he said.

"They have taken advantage of the legitimate global trading environment to achieve their goals."

The meeting is being held at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa on Denarau Island and ends on Friday.


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