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CLDP trains Mali Customs on Preventing Counterfeit Medicines and Health-Related Products


CLDP, in partnership with the USAID Mission in Mali, French Customs and the International Institute for Counterfeit Medicines, and the Malian Government (GOM) organized a workshop October 17-19, 2011 to improve the skills and effectiveness of the Malian Customs Service for a better enforcement of Intellectual Property (IP) rights.  The workshop focused on developing the capacities of the Malian Customs Service by (1) introducing its agents to specialized targeting techniques designed to identify counterfeit shipments at the border and within the Malian territory and by (2) drawing attention to the various means of transportation (in particular trucking routes) used by counterfeiters of high-risk products. Finally, the workshop emphasized the devastating public health and environmental effects of the trade in counterfeit products.

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