Zimbabwe to Host 21 Member States of the ARIPO Governing Bodies at the Elephant Hills Resort, in Victoria Falls

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By Deeds Office via Tatenda Mujeyi

The Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe will host the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization’s (ARIPO) 45th Session of the Administrative Council and the 18th Session of the Council of Ministers comprised of 21 Member States from the 6 to 10th December 2021 at the Elephant Hills Resort, Victoria Falls.

The President of Zimbabwe, His Excellency Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, will officiate the 18th Session of the Council of Ministers to be held from 9 to 10th December 2021.

The Council of Ministers will be preceded by the Administrative Council that will be officially opened by the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Hon. Ziyambi Ziyambi on 6th December 2021.

The Council of Ministers, which is the supreme organ of ARIPO, comprises ministers of government from the Member States responsible for administering intellectual property laws in their countries. It is responsible for policy issues. The Administrative Council is composed of Heads of offices responsible for industrial property and copyright in the Member States. It is responsible for, inter alia, supervising the execution of the Organization’s policies, approving the Strategic Plan, the budget, and all the supporting programmes of activity. The Administrative Council is subordinate to the Council of Ministers.

The Republic of Zimbabwe, represented by the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, will take over as Chairperson of the Council of Ministers. At the same time, the Chief Registrar of the Companies and Intellectual Property Office will become the Chairperson of the Administrative Council of ARIPO for a two-year term starting in 2022. Currently, the Republic of Liberia holds the chairmanship of the two bodies and will relinquish this position at the coming sessions in Victoria Falls.

The Administrative Council Session will discuss proposals to amend the Harare Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs and the Banjul Protocol on Marks to make them more user-friendly and align them to relevant international treaties and best practices. They will also discuss several documents on the administrative aspects of the Organization, including the proposed budget and programme of activities for the year 2022 and the proposed 2022-2026 Strategic Plan.

The ARIPO Director General, Mr. Bemenya Twebaze, will report on the main achievements of ARIPO in 2021 and the statistics on industrial property rights applications received and granted by the Organization.

During the Council of Ministers, the Republic of Zimbabwe will sign the Kampala Protocol on Voluntary Registration of Copyright and Related Rights adopted at a Diplomatic Conference in Kampala, Uganda, on 28th August 2021. Zimbabwe will become the 10th ARIPO Member State to sign the Protocol.

Nine ARIPO Member States signed the Kampala Protocol on 28th August 2021; Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, and Uganda. The Protocol shall come into force three months after five States have deposited their instruments of ratification or accession.

ARIPO Member States span an area of 7 million square kilometres, with a combined population of 230 million people and a GDP of USD 368 billion. Key among the objectives outlined in the Lusaka Agreement is ARIPO’s role in assisting “its members, as appropriate, in the acquisition and development of technology relating to intellectual property matters.”

The 21 ARIPO Member States are Botswana, The Kingdom of Eswatini, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, The Kingdom of Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The Government of the Republic of Zimbabwet will host the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization’s (ARIPO) 45th Session of the Administrative Council and the 18th Session of the Council of Ministers comprised of 21 Member States from the 6 to 10th December 2021 at the Elephant Hills Resort, Victoria Falls.

The President of Zimbabwe, His Excellency Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, will officiate the 18th Session of the Council of Ministers to be held from 9 to 10th December 2021.

The Council of Ministers will be preceded by the Administrative Council that will be officially opened by the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Hon. Ziyambi Ziyambi on 6th December 2021.

The Council of Ministers, which is the supreme organ of ARIPO, comprises ministers of government from the Member States responsible for administering intellectual property laws in their countries. It is responsible for policy issues. The Administrative Council is composed of Heads of offices responsible for industrial property and copyright in the Member States. It is responsible for, inter alia, supervising the execution of the Organization’s policies, approving the Strategic Plan, the budget, and all the supporting programmes of activity. The Administrative Council is subordinate to the Council of Ministers.

The Republic of Zimbabwe, represented by the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, will take over as Chairperson of the Council of Ministers. At the same time, the Chief Registrar of the Companies and Intellectual Property Office will become the Chairperson of the Administrative Council of ARIPO for a two-year term starting in 2022. Currently, the Republic of Liberia holds the chairmanship of the two bodies and will relinquish this position at the coming sessions in Victoria Falls.

The Administrative Council Session will discuss proposals to amend the Harare Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs and the Banjul Protocol on Marks to make them more user-friendly and align them to relevant international treaties and best practices. They will also discuss several documents on the administrative aspects of the Organization, including the proposed budget and programme of activities for the year 2022 and the proposed 2022-2026 Strategic Plan.

The ARIPO Director General, Mr. Bemenya Twebaze, will report on the main achievements of ARIPO in 2021 and the statistics on industrial property rights applications received and granted by the Organization.

During the Council of Ministers, the Republic of Zimbabwe will sign the Kampala Protocol on Voluntary Registration of Copyright and Related Rights adopted at a Diplomatic Conference in Kampala, Uganda, on 28th August 2021. Zimbabwe will become the 10th ARIPO Member State to sign the Protocol.

Nine ARIPO Member States signed the Kampala Protocol on 28th August 2021; Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, and Uganda. The Protocol shall come into force three months after five States have deposited their instruments of ratification or accession.

ARIPO Member States span an area of 7 million square kilometres, with a combined population of 230 million people and a GDP of USD 368 billion. Key among the objectives outlined in the Lusaka Agreement is ARIPO’s role in assisting “its members, as appropriate, in the acquisition and development of technology relating to intellectual property matters.”

The 21 ARIPO Member States are Botswana, The Kingdom of Eswatini, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, The Kingdom of Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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