Published On: Tue, Aug 26th, 2014

International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) & Curinde Host Training To Combat Counterfeit Goods In Free Trade Zones

CurindeWILLEMSTAD -- The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC), and Curinde conducted a training program to educate Curaçao Customs authorities and the Public Persecutor on the enforcement of intellectual property rights in the country’s free trade zones (FTZs).

A 2013 report by the International Chamber of Commerce notes that while FTZs such as those in Curaçao are beneficial to international trade, they’re also vulnerable to exploitation by counterfeiters and other criminal enterprises.

“Illicit trafficking through free trade zones has been identified as a growing concern in recent years, and such smuggling is seen as an impediment to growth and investment in Curaçao’s legitimate economy,” said Minister of Economic Development, Mr. Stanley Palm. “This training emphasizes the importance of the development of the Freezone for our economy and our efforts to create a Freezone where fair competition is guaranteed.”

At the training, instructors from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate shared their knowledge and expertise with local Customs authorities responsible for illicit trade enforcement in Curaçao’s FTZs. Certificates of completion were presented to participants upon completion of the training.

“The IACC applauds the Minister of Economic Development and Curinde for their leadership on these issues in Curaçao and throughout the Caribbean and we are happy to be of assistance to Curinde and the stakeholders in facilitating this training,” said Mr. Barchiesi, President of IACC. “The IACC recognizes the Caribbean as a critical trade area in the world, and greatly values the expansion of international partnerships to this region through our agreement with Curinde and Curaçao.”

In May of this year, Curinde and the IACC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim of increasing cooperation on intellectual property enforcement operations and other areas of mutual interest.

About the IACC: The IACC (www.iacc.org) is a Washington, D.C.-based not-for-profit organization representing the interests of companies concerned with trademark counterfeiting and copyright infringement.  The members of the IACC include many of the world’s best-known brands across all product sectors.  The IACC is committed to working with government and industry partners in the United States and abroad to strengthen trademark and copyright protection, as well as to raising awareness for the range of harms caused by counterfeiting and piracy.

About Curinde N.V.:
Curinde promotes and facilitates businesses in the export trading industry and provides multi-purpose buildings for accommodation.  The country ‘Curaçao’ is the majority owner (85%) of Curaçao Industrial & International Trade Development Company N.V, known under the trade name  as Curinde NV.   A foundation for economic development established in Curaçao, is the minority shareholder (15%). Curinde has a two-tier Board structure. Curinde N.V. has responsibility for the management, oversight, and operation of the country’s free trade zones.

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