The United State’s Embassy in Nigeria has reiterated its commitment in working with the Nigerian government in curbing the illicit activities of counterfeit drug producers.
The news was made public on Monday at the US embassy in its two-day programme on the bane of counterfeit pharmaceuticals and piracy involving top executives from the pharmaceutical, Nigeria Customs Service, banking and creative industry.
Ms Tanya Hill of the US Department of Justice spoke of the strategic alliances between the US government and Nigeria’s whose asset lies in its innovation, ingenuity, and creativity of its people. The embassy further explained how important it was for intellectual
properties of people should be protected.
“Investments in intellectual Property (IP) are growing rapidly in the global economy, often exceeding investments in traditional property such as machinery, equipment and real estate. Nigeria has improved its ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business; a strong intellectual property regime will further bolster Nigeria’s investment climate,” Hill explained.
The working group which comprises select NAFDAC enforcement officials and selected alumni from three pharmaceutical crime workshops were mandated to build on the capacity-building programmes of the US Department of Justice (USDOJ).