Accra, Aug. 31,
GNA – The Communication for Development and Advocacy Consult (CDA Consult) over
the weekend rolled-out a strategic initiative tagged “Electrical/Electronic
Stakeholders Dialogue,” to serve as a comprehensive monthly platform for
engagement on the industry.
Consult: Electrical/Electronic Stakeholders Dialogue would provide regulators,
security personnel, dealers, manufacturers, media and consumers a platform to
come face-to-face and discus issues concerning the industry in an open and
Ameyibor, Executive Director of the CDA Consult, explained that, the dialogue
which is the second phase of the campaign against the proliferation of
counterfeit electrical products and electronic appliances would set the tone
for mutual engagement among stakeholders.
The first CDA
Consult: Electrical/Electronic Stakeholder Dialogue is slated for the fourth
week of September in Accra.
He said a
survey conducted by CDA Consult reveals that there are mistrust, suspicion,
rumour peddling and lack of understanding of the role of each actor in the
electrical/electronic industry. The dialogue is therefore to help sanitize the
explained that over the past three years the CDA Consult has created a platform
which seeks to bring all stakeholders together- “The Electrical/Electronic
Stakeholders Dialogue is to ensure that we appreciate each other’s role, the
regulators are not out to destroy anyone’s business whilst dealers and
manufacturers are into business.
He said the
monthly dialogue series would run alongside the national campaign against the
patronage of counterfeit electrical products and electrical appliances which
takes the form of workshops, and exhibition of genuine products across the
consumers not to take the authenticity of electrical products for granted,
stressing “actively seek information and education about any electrical product
you intend purchasing, it helps in avoiding counterfeit products”.
said sitting on the side-lines is not an option in the fight against
counterfeit electrical products, and called for greater stakeholder involvement
in the National Campaign embarked on by CDA Consult, which is on the general
theme: “Avoid Patronage of Counterfeit Electrical Products and Electronic
He said issues
of counterfeiting of electrical products, which have the potential to affect
our health and safety, should be of concern to everyone.
said everyone involved in the electrical sector - from consumer to manufacturer
- has a role to play in protecting and preventing counterfeit electrical
products from entering legitimate supply chains.
He said the CDA
Consult is providing a proactive platform for manufacturers, distributors,
importers, installers, contractors, law enforcement, and governmental bodies
join forces to fight against the proliferation of the counterfeit electrical
He said: “we
must team up as stakeholders to eliminate electrical product counterfeiting at
its source, and also prevent its proliferation into ever-expanding markets, in
The CDA Consult
Executive Director also called on electrical contractors, electricians,
retailers, distributors and dealers in all types of electrical products to
comply with safety requirements and join stakeholders to deal with product
counterfeiting which is a serious issue.
cautioned the public – procurement officers especially to be vigilant as
counterfeiters intentionally mislead the public and everyone along the supply
chain…“counterfeiters do not go to the expense of having products tested and
verified by an approved third-party testing laboratory designated at a
nationally recognized testing laboratory.
explained that under the initiative, stakeholders would be assisted to identify
counterfeit electrical products on the market, expose to dangers associated
with patronage of counterfeit electrical products and create a platform for
security operatives to enforce laws against sale of counterfeit products in the
Anti-counterfeiting educational campaign being undertaking by CDA Consult also
seeks to help professionals understand the dangers associated with counterfeit
CDA Consult is
with public institutions, including the Ghana Standards Authority, Ghana
National Fire Service, Electrical Contractors, Electrical Manufacturers,
Electrical Shop Owners, end users, contractors, security agencies, and the
media in the campaign against the proliferation of counterfeit electric
products in the country.