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Combating smuggling and fighting illegal goods top priority: Al Fahad

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Kuwaiti youths volunteer to repair roads

KUWAIT CITY, May 1: Deputy Director General of General Customs Department Sulaiman Abdulaziz Al-Fahad says combating the phenomenon of smuggling, and confronting the trade of illegal goods are among the top priorities of the department, reports Al-Rai daily. He stressed the need to fight commercial fraud and counterfeiting, and to uphold intellectual property rights in the country. Al-Fahad said this during a training course organized on Sunday by the department for its employees, with the cooperation of Abdulmohsen Abdulaziz Al-Babtain, concerning the effects of counterfeit products and goods.

He revealed that the department has developed a strategy to control these goods through the three entry points – land, sea and air ports – in coordination with all security services in order to counter all smuggling attempts. Al-Fahad stressed the keenness of the department to organize training courses based on its firm belief about the importance of training as the basis for the work of customs officers, adding that it contributes to increasing the inspectors’ efficiency and their awareness about the difference between counterfeit and fake goods and their damages to society.

He affirmed that the customs teams represent the first line of defense and the safety valve for protecting the homeland from all damages that could threaten its security. He explained that the damage that can result from counterfeiting may contribute to the possibility of injuries or even deaths, besides financial losses incurred by manufacturers as a result of the smuggling of these goods.

Some of Kuwaiti youths seen volunteering to repair roads

Meanwhile, due to the widespread corruption in Ministry of Public Works and its inability to deal with problems witnessed on the roads due to their bad quality, a number of Kuwaiti youths have volunteered to repair the roads and remove the dangerous potholes, reports Al-Shahed daily quoting an informed source. He explained that the volunteers have divided themselves into different groups. Some will identify the roads and locations that require repair works while others will collect donations for carrying out the repair works. The source revealed that the state had allocated large sums of money for the repair of roads but that money was stolen instead of being used for the intended purpose. He stressed the need to question some officials of Ministry of Public Works concerning the bad conditions of many roads.

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