A haul of fake designer clothing and bedding worth thousands of pounds seized by Gwynedd trading standards officers has been donated to deprived communities in Zambia. The donation includes fake Adidas tracksuits, Converse shoes, Ralph Lauren shirts and Rayban sunglasses. The National Police Aid Convoy will distribute the goods, which have been collected over eight years.
John Eden Jones, fair trading officer for Gwynedd council, UK said: “It is generally very difficult to obtain any form of redress against the seller of counterfeit goods. The trade in these illegal goods deprives Gwynedd businesses who sell the genuine article of the income needed to maintain their business.”
The Republic of Zambia neighbours are the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west. The capital city is Lusaka, in the south-central part of Zambia. The population is concentrated mainly around Lusaka in the south and the Copperbelt Province to the northwest, the core economic hubs of the country.
The population comprises approximately 73 ethnic groups. In the rural areas, each ethnic group is concentrated in a particular geographic region of the country and many groups are very small and not as well known. However, all the ethnic groups can be found in significant numbers in Lusaka and the Copperbelt.
Expatriates, mostly British or South African, as well as some white Zambian citizens, live mainly in Lusaka and in the Copperbelt in northern Zambia, where they are either employed in mines, financial and related activities or retired.
Zambia has a small but economically important Asian population, most of whom are Indians and Chinese. There are 13,000 Indians in Zambia. An estimated 80,000 Chinese are resident in Zambia. In recent years, several hundred white farmers have arrived Zambia at the invitation of the government, to take up farming in the Southern province.