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

December 16, 2019 - December 17, 2019

On December 16-17, CLDP will held a two-day workshop on power project procurement. The workshop sought to improve the planning of bids from prep to closing through a discussion on international best practice relating to the request for proposals (RfPs), standardization of documents, designing a competitive bid round, evaluations and identifying gaps in the current legal framework. 

December 19, 2019 - December 20, 2019

On December 19-20, CLDP, in collaboration with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance and the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Directorate, will hold a two-day workshop on PPP fundamentals. The workshop will highlight PPP process, structure economics, project financing, and revenue flow.

CLDP in Action

October 23, 2019 - October 24, 2019

On October 23-24 in Tunis, Tunisia, CLDP held a workshop to identify potential changes to Tunisian law that would encourage increased cross-border eCommerce transactions for both exports and imports. Over 40 representatives from several government ministries, the private sector, and the NGO community discussed potential amendments to Tunisia’s eCommerce law, customs procedures, central bank currency and payment rules, and other matters.  The participants offered sets of informal recommendations for further action.

ECommerce in Tunisia has not reached its full potential, although there are black market eCommerce websites. Legal changes could help Tunisian SMEs and individuals reach new markets, while also providing opportunities for US sellers.

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