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The Illicit Tobacco Trade in Southeast Asia

Interesting article that gives some perspectives on one of the worlds largest areas for illicit trade. The lack of Track & Trace Systems shows that there are huge opportunities in the region to collaborate between technologies and major stakeholders to limit the effects of counterfeits, fakes and associated crime and illicit financial flows.

In partnership with Quality Brands Protection Committee, China (QBPC) We look forward to covering much of this topic at The 4th GTDW Anti Illicit Trade, Brand & IPR Protection Conference & Expo, 16-18 June, Shanghai Pudong (Yes it is CONFIRMED!)

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By Chander S Jeena, Secretary, Authentication Solution Providers Association

Eliminating illicit trade (especially in ‘sin’ products) is becoming an essential element for countries to achieve socio-economic progress. South Asian and ASEAN countries, collectively with China, play an essential role in this, given that they are the world’s largest tobacco consumers and producers.

Given the importance of this region, we thought it would be a good idea to run a series of articles on the illicit tobacco trade situation, current developments, and critical measures taken by the countries making up the south and southeast Asian region. Although we will try to cover all countries, the key ones will include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, and Mongolia.

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