The Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) has commended the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON for its doggedness in the fight against the circulation of substandard and counterfeited products in Nigeria.

This commendation was given by the outgoing Trade Commissioner and Managing Director of JETRO, Mr. Taku Miyazaki during a farewell  visit to the SON Director General and Management in Abuja.

According to him, Japanese brand owners in Nigeria are appreciative of SON support in facilitating trade through the off-shore conformity assessment programme (SONCAP), its quality assurance scheme for locally manufactured goods (MANCAP) and the unrelenting fight against the purveyors of substandard products in Nigeria.

Mr. Miyazaki offered JETRO’s hands of fellowship to SON in sensitizing the Organisation’s operatives in particular and Nigerian Consumers at large on anti-counterfeiting measures in relation to Japanese brands in Nigeria.

He expressed appreciation to the SON Chief Executive and Management for the cooperation he received during his tenure in Nigeria and sought even greater support for his successor, Mr. Shigeyo Nishizawa who takes over as Trade Commissioner and Managing Director of JETRO.

Responding, the Director General, Mr. Osita Aboloma acknowledged the long standing and mutually beneficial relationship that existed between SON, the Japanese Embassy and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in the area of standards development and capacity building.

He enumerated SON’s concerted efforts at protecting genuine manufacturers, importers and brand owners from the negative effects of faking and counterfeiting using its off-shore and on-shore conformity assessment programmes, electronic product registration and a robust standards enforcement structure across the country.

Mr. Aboloma disclosed SON’s deployment of technology in most of its service delivery as part of efforts to stay abreast of the counterfeiters and purveyors of substandard products and expressed the agency’s willingness to partner with the Japanese Government and agencies in building further capacities.

He expressed the SON’s expectation on the anti-counterfeiting capacity development programme as including providing its operatives with adequate knowledge and skills to enhance their effectiveness on the field.

While bidding farewell to the outgoing JETRO MD, the SON Chief Executive assured the incoming Trade Commissioner of SON’s cooperation and support during his tenure in Nigeria, stressing that the organisation looks forward to a mutually beneficial relationship.

Also on the Japanese delegation was the First Secretary/Deputy Head of Economic Development Cooperation of the Embassy of Japan in Nigeria,        Mr. Hiroki Ogawa.

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