Tuesday, 22 April 2008

80% of trade marks counterfeited in Kenya

Daily Nation reports that 80% of local and international brands are counterfeited in Kenya, while 97% of local music is pirated. According to the report, these statistics were given by the American Chamber of Commerce Kenya (ACCK) in a ceremony held to install Dr Nelson Githinji, who also happens to be the head of public policy at Coca-Cola East and Central Africa, as the President of ACCK. ACCK is a non-profit organization founded by American investors in Kenya, with membership open companies having strong business ties with the United States.

In his acceptance speech Githinji said he would address the issues of counterfeits, piracy and intellectual property rights which are “crucial issues that the organization has been lobbying for”.

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