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GAC organizes an awareness lecture on the occasion of “Arab customs day”



On the occasion of the Arab Customs Day on 3rd of March of each year, the GAC in collaboration with Saba and its partners - the largest agent of trade marks in Qatar - an awareness program included two lectures in the headquarters of the Authority and the University of Qatar, with the aim of enhancing the participants' experiences with the latest methods used in detecting counterfeit goods and commercial fraud and various kinds of intellectual property rights violations and the seriousness on the national economy and society in general.


This comes within implementing of the recommendations emanating from the 35th pan-Arab customs directors meeting to adopt March 3 of each year as an Arab Customs day in order to combat commercial fraud and counterfeiting and to protect intellectual property within the Arab societies.

the first lecture at the GAC under the patronage and attendance of Mr. Ahmed Issa Al Mohannadi, the assistant of the chairman and a number of directors, as well as a number of guests from the Economy and Trade Ministry from the Departments of consumer protection and the protection of intellectual property rights , the Qatar Chamber, and a number of GAC employees from all customs departments and ports.


The assistant of GAC chairman stressed on the importance of ongoing awareness of fighting counterfeit goods because of their economic and social harm, noting that the GAC is making great efforts in strengthening the institutional capacity of the staff through the role of customs in protecting intellectual property rights, best practices and mechanisms in fighting against counterfeit goods and infringing trademarks, and border measures to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the development of methodologies and detection of counterfeit goods in accordance with the best international practices, and stressed the need for continued cooperation between the actors in the field of consumer protection, including fighting against commercial fraud in all its forms.


a delegation from the GAC and Saba company of IPR gave the second lecture at the University of Qatar, and the delegation was received by Dr. Mohammed Abdul Aziz Al Khulaifi, Dean of Faculty of Law, who welcomed the Customs initiative to conduct awareness events for university students and inform them of the rules and principles of intellectual property rights and the role of Customs in reducing the proliferation of commercial fraud on the borders of the state.


During the lectures given by Mr. Malik Ibrahim Aalghamaz, Director of the saba company for property , in order to promote awareness among customs officials on the latest developments with regard to the fight against commercial fraud , the protection of intellectual property rights within the state, to help in providing the inspectors expertise with the commercial deception ways that practiced by smugglers , how to differentiate between original and counterfeit products, and explain the general remarks about the qualities of the original goods compared to counterfeit ones, so as to facilitate the task of the inspectors in controlling counterfeit goods as soon as possible and not allow them to enter the markets in the state.


Mr. Sulaiman Al-Abdullah from risk Section in operations and risk analysis department also provided a brief about customs work mechanism to detect counterfeit goods and to explain how customs officials deal with electronic devices used to distinguish between original and non-original products, in addition to the display of labor laws governing the customs works with regard to This subject.


The attendees interact with lecturers and presentations, which were submitted by ongoing questions and discussions including field models of intellectual property rights violations and commercial fraud in goods that customs inspectors discovered in different customs ports, and how to deal with it legally.