Fake items hurting ‘real’ business


CITY Pharmacy Ltd (CPL) managing director Mahesh Patel says more effort needs to be made by the Government to stop illicit items coming into the country.
Patel said it was unfair to manufacturers and retailers of genuine product, who were employing people and training them in specialised skills, to have other companies bringing in counterfeit products cheaply.
“Currently, the market in Papua New Guinea is getting very flooded with counterfeit products,” he said.
“It affects people like us because we do not only sell the products, we put a lot of time in our staff training,” Patel said. “What we are selling are high-end products.”
Patel was speaking after opening of the Prouds shop at Waigani Central in Port Moresby. Prouds is in CPL’s Stop&Shop complex.
He said all Prouds’ products came from reputable international suppliers.
Patel calls on the authorities like PNG Customs to lift their game.