Regional Workshop on the Practical Approaches to IP Utilization and Protection in Africa

March 19, 2013 - March 21, 2013
Opening Ceremony on March 19, 2013
Opening Ceremony on March 19, 2013

In coordination with the Africa Intellectual Property Group (AIPG), CLDP organized the regional Workshop on the Practical Approaches to IP Utilization and Protection for March 19-21, 2013 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. AIPG is a voluntary Africa-wide association of IP owners, officials, practitioners, institutions, and industry associations, with a shared desire to determine practical and innovative solutions to the challenges posed by counterfeiting and piracy, as well as the effective utilization of IP rights to foster innovation and economic growth in Africa. About 170 East, West, and Southern African IP officials, IP practitioners, IP stakeholders, and private sector, from 19 Anglophone and Francophone African countries gathered to discuss and learn about the practical approaches, successes, challenges and future strategies to the protection and utilization of IP as a facilitator of innovation, entrepreneurship, trade and investment. 

In addition to the participation of African countries, and in recognition of the increasingly regional nature of IP issues, the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and the francophone African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), as well as the East African Community (EAC) and the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) are actively participating.  AIPG and CLDP worked closely with the EAC, the government of Tanzania, and USG interagency partners - the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Copyright Office, Department of Justice, Customs and Border Enforcement, and Department of State, to develop and conduct this workshop. 

The program aimed to ascertain the role of regional leadership in determining harmonized policies and legislation, the facilitation of inter-regional IP protection, and the impact of IP on creative industries, branding, innovation, and food security. 

Musician J Martins speaks about intellectual property protection. Pictured on right is J Martin's Manager, Mr. Tony Anifite.

Upcoming Programs

July 1, 2020 - August 31, 2020

Most of Iraq’s hydrocarbons are located in the province of Basrah. In spite of these mineral resources, unemployment is high in the province. To increase the likelihood that university graduates will be hired, since the summer of 2019, CLDP, in close cooperation with the University of Houston/Petroleum Technology Initiative (PTI), has been conducting a program to equip students from four Basrah universities with the skills sought by International Oil Companies (IOC) that operate in the province. A key skill required from new hires by the IOCs is competence in project management. To this end, PTI, under a contract with CLDP developed and taught in Houston in August 2019, a two-week course on “Project Management in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production”. This course was taught to delegations from four Basrah universities: Basrah University, Southern Technical University, Basrah University for Oil and Gas, Basrah Oil Training institute. Each university was supposed to send one professor and three students to Houston. Unfortunately, for reasons beyond their control, three of the professors were unable to attend the two-week course in Houston, a course that was very well-received by the lone professor and by all the students. Therefore, at CLDP’s request, PTI will now develop an online version of this course, to be used by the universities of the professors who could not go to Houston in August 2019. This development will take place in July and August 2020. 

July 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020

In July, August, and September 2020, CLDP, in collaboration with USTR and the University of Missouri, will provide virtual business fundamental courses to 20 Salvadoran textile representatives. CLDP has partnered with a textile and apparel expert who will conduct group sessions, as well as tailored sessions depending on the needs and businesses of the selected representatives. Lessons will cover business plan development and implementation, mentorship opportunities, local business resources, and personnel management. Furthermore, the sessions will give the Salvadoran textiles representatives the opportunity to begin developing comprehensive plans to effectively disseminate the knowledge they acquire during this program broadly across the industry with other textile professionals in El Salvador. Participants, who represent the Salvadoran private sector, key government agencies, and academia, will continue to engage their U.S. counterparts in this project for the remainder of the CLDP programming throughout 2021. This project is a part of CLDP’s and USTR’s capacity-building program to improve regional prosperity by fostering human and institutional capacity to improve the competitiveness of the Salvadoran textile industry.

CLDP in Action

July 30, 2020

As part of an ongoing collaboration with the Department of Commerce’s Office of Russia, Europe, and Eurasia (ORUE)CLDP participated in a video meeting with Javlon Vakhabov, the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United States on June 25, 2020, to discuss Uzbekistan’s Strategy for the Development of Agriculture in 2020-2030. 

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