Challenging but not hopeless: anti-counterfeiting in Africa

By Duncan Maguire

Counterfeiting is a serious problem in Africa. While laws are in place to tackle illicit trade, practical enforcement is often complicated by local capacity and attitudes

Africa is the world’s second-largest continent and, with a population in excess of 1 billion, the second most populous. It is also the world’s poorest. Yet Africa has seen enormous economic growth of late. This combination of factors – a huge population, modest resources and rapidly increasing spending power, together with porous borders and a vast informal economy – makes the continent extremely attractive for counterfeiters.

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