International Trademark Association attends ARIPO Governing bodies meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi
After attending INTA Leadership Meeting held in the US capital on November 7–10 with more than 1,500 attendees from more than 80 countries, Tat-Tienne Louembe, INTA Africa and Middle East Representative flew to the Warm heart of Africa to participate in the Forty-first Administrative Session and Sixteenth Ministerial Session of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO).
ARIPO is a key inter-governmental organization (IGO) that facilitates cooperation among member states in intellectual property matters, with the objective of pooling financial and human resources, and seeking technological advancement for economic, social, technological, scientific and industrial development
Hosted by the Government of Malawi at the Bingu International Conference Centre, the Forty-first Session of the Administrative Council and the Sixteenth Ministerial Session reviewed the various activities undertaken by ARIPO in view of raising awareness on IP related matters.
On this occasion, Tat-Tienne Louembe attending on behalf of INTA’s CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo reiterated the world’s oldest and largest brand owner association’s commitment to further ties with ARIPO. During his remarks, Tat-Tienne Louembe INTA Representative for Africa and Middle East commended ARIPO’s tremendous work in conducting policy dialogue, organizing roving seminars in Universities and research institutions and furthering respect for Intellectual Property Rights.
He then underscored the importance of trademarks in propelling economic growth and the protection of rights for brand owners and consumers.
In line with INTA’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021, INTA Representative for Africa and Middle East noted that
“INTA stands ready to facilitate knowledge sharing with ARIPO Member States and Regional Economic Communities, provide legislative and capacity building support while taking into account the peculiarities of each jurisdiction”.
The high level symposium was also an opportunity to engage with Ministers in charge of Intellectual Property, Head of IP offices and various users on geographical indications, traditional knowledge, innovation, trade, anti-counterfeiting in order to value Africa’s local content.
After Lilongwe, Louembe will be meeting officials in Washington DC and attends early December the African Economic Conference organized by the United Nations Economic Conference for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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