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Ghanian Interagency IP Task Force Workshop

In February 2009, CLDP brought together intellectual property (IP) enforcement officials from the ECOWAS region to Ghana to determine ways to protect IP in the West Africa region. Following on the strong recommendation of this workshop, Regional Intellectual Property Protection: The Border and Beyond, the Ghanaian IP agencies determined to convene a National Interagency Task Force on IP Matters comprised of all the agencies involved with IP protection in Ghana along with industry associations. CLDP thus organized a three-day workshop in Accra for 60 participants to facilitate the development of this Interagency IP Task Force, which is to be responsible for the harmonization of procedures on IP enforcement, and to provide timely exchange of information and coordinated responses to IP infringement. Participants included the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Copyright Administration, the Commercial Court, the Copyright Society of Ghana, the Customs, Excise and Preventive Service, the Food and Drugs Board, and the Ghana Standards Board among others. An official IP Interagency Task Force Committee has now been established to put the workshop recommendations in place and to reach the goals of strengthening IP protection in Ghana and West Africa.
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