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Schneider Electric: First Survey on Electrical Counterfeiting in Africa

The purpose of this survey was to identify the most counterfeited electrical products and brands in Africa, as well as, their main roads of entry and distribution. The consequences for people’s safety and health, the African economies, were also investigated.

The main laws on electrical counterfeiting, and how they are being implemented nationally, as well as, recommendations with regards to organizing awareness campaigns were the other topics visited. The survey took place from December 2013 to March 2014 in eleven African countries: Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. More than 500 «high level» officials and professionals were contacted by 37 African investigators, specifically hired and trained for the survey. They answered a total of 8.185 questions, that were processed to obtain statistical data in order to create a corpus of information -quantitative and qualitative on electrical counterfeiting. This had never been realized before neither “in” nor “about” Africa at such a scale.

 

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