11/04/2016 – Illicit trade in counterfeit and pirated goods is a drain on economies driven increasingly by globalisation and intellectual property. The OECD and the EU Intellectual Property Office have analysed data from half a million customs seizures around the world over 2010-13 to produce the most rigorous estimate to date of the scale of global trade in fake products.
OECD Deputy Secretary-General Doug Frantz and EUIPO Executive Director António Campinos will launch the joint report “Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Mapping the Economic Impact” at 12:00 CET on Monday 18 April at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris. The launch will be webcast live here: http://video.oecd.org
The launch is on the eve of the 2016 OECD Integrity Forum on April 19-20 on combating corruption and illicit trade, which media are also welcome to attend. Speakers will include EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, former WTO head Pascal Lamy, Interpol Executive Director Tim Morris, Transparency International Managing Director Cobus de Swardt and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. (See agenda and list of speakers.)
To register for the launch or the Integrity Forum, or to request an advance copy of the report under embargo, journalists are invited to contact Anna Biernat in the OECD Media Office.
Read a background report on the hidden cost to trade from corruption.
OECD blogpost on illicit trade in counterfeit and pirated goods.