ABU DHABI: The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, has announced its participation in the Anti-Commercial Fraud Exhibition, organised by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development. Taking place from 8th to 18th December, the exhibition is being held in several areas of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, including both Abu Dhabi and Al Ain city, as well as the Western Region.
The TRA’s participation in the exhibition stems out of its responsibility to fight against all forms of commercial fraud, where the visions and goals of the exhibition are compatible with the direction of TRA in launching periodic campaigns to monitor ICT related products’ markets. The inspection teams at TRA, in cooperation with their strategic partners, have carried out over 163 campaigns throughout the year in a range of stores, warehouses and unlicensed apartments. They confiscated large quantities of counterfeit and contraband devices.
“We are keen to strengthen cooperation ties with strategic partners to serve the objective of sustainable development in the UAE. The fight against commercial fraud and detecting counterfeit products is a major factor in promoting global business confidence with an investment climate that is distinguished in the nation. Thus, maintaining the prestige and good reputation for which the UAE is recognised on the global economy chart,” said Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director-General of the TRA.
“The subject of monitoring markets and products related to the ICT sector is of urgent priority to us out of our commitment to the rights of traders, the preservation of the quality of services provided and the privacy and confidentiality of user data. We will continue to work on this path through expanding our network with entities and stakeholders, including the Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi,” he added.
The exhibition’s activities include displaying original and counterfeit products. In addition, awareness campaigns were conducted and aimed at consumers to inform them of fake goods and their negative impact on their health and the overall economy. The TRA will organise several competitions to assist in raising consumer awareness on detecting counterfeit and prohibited devices. In the long term, this will contribute to the reduction in the dissemination of devices unapproved by the TRA, through exposing people to the TRA’s vision and role in protecting the nation’s telecommunications sector.