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Published On: Wed, Nov 4th, 2015

African Leaders Launch High-Level Conference on Intellectual Property

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the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

News Release – African Press:
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DAKAR- Senegal(ANN) November 4 – joined by the Chairperson of Mauritius Amina strange – The values ​​and the Prime Minister of Senegal Mohammed bin Abdullah debt to WIPO Director General Francis Gurry to emphasize the importance of intellectual property in stimulating innovation and creativity to promote economic and social development in Africa as a whole.

And it was attended by some 50 ministers from the African continent editorial “African Ministerial Conference 2015: intellectual property in the continent’s emerging service” on Nov. 3. And it will last Conference, meeting in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, three days.

Mr. Gurry said hello delegates “All innovations and creations is ultimately the source of rights” and added: “Africa is the cradle of humanity and thus they are the source of all innovations and creations that the advantage of Vsellna any rights.”

The national intellectual property systems, whether good at development, to help African countries to unleash the creativity and innovation among its citizens and drive economic growth, this is what was announced by Director General of WIPO.

And he went on say, “Intellectual property is a necessary condition, but not sufficient in itself to any economic system based on innovation and a healthy and vibrant life.” He went on that “the intellectual property system and the way of progress, thanks to innovation and reward investment in human and financial resources in the new generation of knowledge and innovation.” The president of Mauritius strange – The values ​​of the positive prospects for economic growth is expected to African countries over the next decade and stressed that “Africa is an urgent need to protect intellectual property rights in order to build a sustainable knowledge-based economy to reap the benefits of science, technology and innovation.”

She says, “The development of knowledge, management and protection will be pivotal in wealth and engage in the global economy configuration.”

And it said that it was necessary that policies include intellectual property systems tools to release the resources that are unique to Africa, such as local medicinal herbs and traditional knowledge. She said, “It is necessary for Africa to put a priority opportunities thanks to the digital revolution in the fields of science, technology and innovation and creativity.

“Ultimately, it became imperative that the public policy debate and put on the coordination and the involvement of all stakeholders in order to find new ways to promote activities that come including intangible assets and to support innovation and creativity table.” She said, “Innovation is not building guidance.”

She pointed out that the protection of intellectual property rights should be paralleled suitable to stimulate and support measures, and called on it to create a fund for innovators Africans to enable them to get what they need from the capital and the creation of companies.

In conclusion, the Chairperson said The values ​​of strange: “The countries that give everything you have for innovation today will own the global economy of tomorrow.”

And he saw the Senegalese Prime Minister Dion that the conference was timely in the light of the challenges facing Africa. He said that intellectual property is able to help the continent to ensure the sustainable and comprehensive development contribute to the reduction of poverty and the promotion of economic competitiveness. “The innovation is the foundation for all development process.”

He said the conference organizer, Marshall de Paul Aikonga, Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology of the African Union” Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology of the African Union: “The intellectual property organizations in Africa are responsible for paying African leaders to understand that it is necessary to establish an integrated building allows for young people to take bold initiatives and participate in interesting tracks that It travels to be the inventor of the first in their countries and in the region but in the world to propose a solution to a social problem. ”

He said Japan’s ambassador to Senegal, Takashi Kitahara “It is necessary to ensure appropriate protection of intellectual property through the system and use it strategically to use.” The Government of Japan has been involved in organizing the conference.

Following the opening ceremony of the congress, held a high-level meeting on “Africa in the knowledge-based economy – challenges and opportunities.”

He attended the Dakar meeting of 400 people or more, including about 50 ministers in charge of intellectual property, trade and culture as well as some groups from the private sector, in order to draw up a plan paid to the adoption of IP tools, including help to stimulate economic and social development on the African continent as a whole.

Prior to the ministerial meeting on November 2, 2015, a seminar was organized process in which about 50 inventor and creative African youths to talk about intellectual property, innovation and creativity involved.

Distribution APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Basic information

Intellectual Property: Intellectual property refers to creations of the human mind: such inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names and images used in commerce. And intellectual property rights are protected by law including, but not limited to, patent, copyright and trademark, which enable people to gain recognition or financial interest on their creation or invention. The aim of the IP system, through the establishment of a proper balance between the interests of creators and the interests of the general public, to provide an environment conducive to the flourishing of creativity and innovation.

Intellectual property and Africa is increasingly recognized, in the light of the knowledge-based innovation and the global economy, the role of intellectual property and innovation as important factors contributing to the economic, social and cultural development, and improve the competitiveness of industries, as well as the promotion of trade.

African countries and take the knowledge-based economy to achieve the opportunities offered in the fields of poverty reduction, agricultural productivity and enhance industrial competitiveness and prospects, which could pave the way for sustainable and comprehensive development.

About the Conference: The conference aims to highlight the importance of intellectual property in promoting innovation and scientific and technological transformation of African economies. The conference will show how intellectual property can contribute to achieving the African Common Position on the priorities of the development agenda for the post-2015. The conference will provide a platform for discussion on the role of intellectual property in innovation and creativity on the African continent.

The conference also aims to:

Talk about the role of governments in creating an enabling environment for the use of intellectual property and innovation for development;
Facilitate a deeper understanding and a better appreciation of the importance of the strategic use of the intellectual property system as a motive for the transformation of scientific and technological and economic and social development and poverty reduction in Africa;
Governments are encouraged to develop intellectual property policies and strategies of innovation which aims to build the capacity of countries in the application of science, technology and innovation in order to reach development;
Give participants the necessary tools and means to keep up with the latest trends and business models in the digital environment;
Explore ways to increase the participation of African countries in the digital economy through the promotion of the ratification of the main international copyright treaties and join them;
Contribute to accelerate the development of a framework and infrastructure of would improve business performance and enhance the competitiveness of the creative industries to support the economic and cultural development goals.

The conference is organized jointly by WIPO and the African Union and the Government of the Republic of Senegal and the Government of Japan, under the Japan Trust Fund for Africa and LDCs.

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