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Ex-Senator Wants ECOWAS Parliament Harmonize Laws On Counterfeiting
MONROVIA, April 12 (LINA) - The ECOWAS Parliament delocalized meeting in Monrovia entered its third day Wednesday with a former Senator calling on participants to adopt a resolution aimed at harmonizing laws against the counterfeiting of medical and other products.
Former Sinoe County Senator Mobutu Nyenpan said the barbaric act of counterfeiting medical products as well as relabeling expired medicines for sale and distribution on the West African market is a widespread practice.
He is therefore calling on the ECOWAS Parliament to take concrete steps through concerted efforts of governments in the region to arrest the situation.
Nyenpan, who is a former member of the ECOWAS Parliament, believes that the illicit trade in and counterfeiting of medical products continues to defy local and international efforts and remains attractive due to several reasons, with high profit and low risk being the primary ones.
He made the recommendation in Monrovia Wednesday in his presentation at the ongoing ECOWAS Parliament delocalized meeting.
He spoke on the topic: "The role of the Parliament in the implementation and monitoring of the policy."
"The tallest prescription of making serious inroads into resolving the issues of counterfeit and expired medicines in the sub-region and the world over would be a combination of the several recommendations proffered," Nyenpan noted.
The former Senator proposed effective regulations monitoring and evaluation as well as fostering cooperation between countries importing and exporting medical products to countries in the region to combat illicit trade in rugs and the counterfeiting of medical products.
Nyenpan also wants the body to adopt a holistic, multifaceted, diverse and well coordinated anti-counterfeiting strategy as well as regionalization and internationalization of strategies.
Among other recommendations, Nyenpan also suggested that the Parliament develops a transparent and veritable chain of custody of medicines from production to distribution as well as the use of high-tech strategy similar to the GSM-enabled authentication capabilities across Africa with micro-franchising system.