Business News of 2014-07-08

Solatek upgrades skills of staff

A capacity-building workshop has been organised for employees of the Sollatek Electronics, Ghana, to improve and enhance their skills. The workers were educated on the Criminal Offences Act, Act 29, and the Trade Marks Act, Act 664.

They were also introduced to criminal enforcement activities and the menace caused by the use of counterfeit products by consumers.

It was attended by industry players, representatives from the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Revenue Authority, especially those from the Customs Division, Ghana Standards Authority, Ministry of Trade and Industry, as well as the Bureau of National Investigations.

The seminar was organised by the Sollatek Electronics, Ghana in collaboration with Sollatek Electronics, in the United Kingdom.

The Sales and Marketing Director of Sollatek UK, Mr Maan Allos, said at the workshop that the use of counterfeit electrical products by consumers was worrying, adding that the act was detrimental to the electronics industry across the world.

He noted that the sale and purchase of counterfeit products had a negative impact on consumers. “Fake electrical products are thriving in Africa, with Ghana being no exception.”

Mr Allos explained that fake electronics are often smuggled to countries, making it impossible for their importers to pay any duties, as well as taxes. That, he said, caused huge losses to the affected countries.

Mr Allos thus advised the general public to purchase quality electrical and electronic products and further urged the participants to educate consumers in that regard.

In his address, the Director of the Commercial Crime Unit, at the Headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police, Superintendant Koku Mawusi, took participants through the Criminal Offences Act, Act 29 of 1960 and the Trade Marks Act, Act 664 of 2004.