Harare, 14th, February, 2017 – CISAC and ARIPO, organisations championing creators and intellectual property rights globally and in Africa, are stepping up cooperation to help boost the growth of the creative sector in the region.
CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, has today signed an agreement to partner with ARIPO, the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization. A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two bodies today in Harare, Zimbabwe, paves the way for joint projects on strengthening copyright, technical exchange, education and training of organisations collecting revenues for creators.
The African region has enormous growth potential in the creative sector. Royalty collections for creators in the region, by CISAC member societies and across multiple repertoires, grew 14.9% in 2015 to US$68.6 million, according to CISAC’s 2016 Global Collections Report. However, this represents less than 1% of global collections totalling US$9.5 billion.
Creative and cultural industries have the potential to be a major engine of economic growth in Africa. According to an economic study commissioned by CISAC and prepared by EY in 2015, Africa’s creative and cultural industries are worth US$58 billion, employing 2.4 million people. With relatively low levels of Internet penetration and challenging conditions for the rights of creators in some countries, there is huge potential for further growth.
Signing the agreement at a ceremony in Harare at the ARIPO Headquarters today, CISAC Director General Gadi Oron said: “In today’s economy, creators and creative industries are a huge driver of growth and jobs, and this is only going to escalate in the future. African governments, like their counterparts globally, are realising that to nurture this potential, more actions are needed to promote and protect creators’ rights. We look forward to a close collaboration with ARIPO, including opportunities for research that can demonstrate the huge economic benefits of creative industries in Africa. Today’s agreement is a positive forward step, bringing together two hubs of international expertise to work on improving the environment for the creative sector”.
ARIPO Director General Mr. Fernando dos Santos said “Africa has it all in creativity but there is a need to develop and implement strategies to promote and support the growth of creative industries. More studies on the creative industries’ contribution to the national economy have to be undertaken to assist policy makers to make informed decisions on copyright matters. Within ARIPO Member States only Malawi, Kenya and Tanzania have had such a study done with the support of WIPO and findings showed that creative industries contribute 3%-5% GDP of national economy. This should act as a catalyst for the African governments to continue supporting and promoting the creative industries.”
CISAC oversees a global network of 239 member societies in 123 countries. These include 36 members in 31 African countries. These organisations collect and distribute revenues and promote the interests of creators across five repertoire groups: music, audio-visual, drama, literature and visual arts.
ARIPO is an Intergovernmental Organization established to promote the use of Intellectual Property for the development in its Member States. Membership of the Organization is open to all states members of the African Union (AU) or of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Currently ARIPO counts 19 Member States from the East, South and Western Africa and looks forward to other African countries to be its Member States.
CISAC – the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers – is the world’s leading network of authors’ societies (also referred to as Collective Management Organisations, or CMOs).
With 239 member societies in 123 countries, CISAC represents over four million creators from all geographic regions and artistic repertoires including music, audiovisual, drama, literature and visual arts. CISAC is presided over by electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre and the organisation’s vice-presidents are: Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo, Argentinean film director Marcelo Piñeyro and Chinese film director, scriptwriter and producer Jia Zhang-ke.
CISAC protects the rights and represents the interests of creators worldwide. Founded in 1926, it is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation with headquarters in France and regional officesin Africa (Burkina Faso), Latin America (Chile), Asia-Pacific (China) and Europe (Hungary).
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ARIPO- The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization is Africa’s leading Intellectual Property hub that fosters creativity and Innovation for economic growth and development in Africa. ARIPO’s mandate is on Copyright, Patents & Utility Models, Industrial Designs, Trademarks, Traditional Knowledge & Folklore, Access and Benefit Sharing, Geographical Indications and Plant Variety Protection.
The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and sister organization, Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle [African Intellectual Property Organization] (OAPI), signed a four year Cooperation Agreement on 09 February 2017 at the ARIPO headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe. This Agreement, which is envisaged to take the relationship of the two organizations to new heights, abrogates two earlier agreements signed by the two organizations in 1996 and 2005 respectively.
The new Agreement establishes a comprehensive cooperation framework in intellectual property matters for the two parties. In the new Agreement, OAPI and ARIPO have agreed to: work towards the harmonization of their systems; exchange documentation and technical information; mutually cooperate in the development of training and joint capacity building programs including in user awareness. The agreement also requires that either party offers technical assistance to the other when such assistance has been requested for. Importantly too, OAPI and ARIPO agreed to take common positions on major IP issues affecting the Member States of the two organizations at continental and international levels.
Directors General Dr. Paulin Edou Edou of OAPI and Mr. Fernando dos Santos of ARIPO signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organizations.
To operationalize the Agreement, OAPI and ARIPO have jointly developed and adopted a biannual work plan for the period 2017 – 2018 that sets out specific aspects of collaboration and itemized activities to be pursued in the different areas of cooperation with agreed details on expected results, their coordination and administration as well as the timelines.
A joint commission established by the two will meet annually to assess the level of implementation of those agreed biannual work plans.
The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) will host the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), from 13-15 February 2017 at the ARIPO Headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe. The meeting will culminate in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation between the two organizations in promoting Copyright within the ARIPO Member states and Africa at large.
The meeting comes at a time when ARIPO has upped its work to strengthen the existing and newly established Collective Management Organizations (CMOs) in the 19 ARIPO member states who are major contributors to copyright-based industries. ARIPO has undertaken various ground-breaking activities and formed key alliances to help change the outlook of Copyright in Africa. The alliance with CISAC can only help bolster these efforts and ultimately benefit the stakeholders in the Copyright sector.
CISAC is a global organization which works to protect the rights and promote the interests of creators across all regions of the world and artistic fields; music, audiovisual, drama, literature and visual arts. Aiming to secure fair remuneration for creators for the use of theirs works anywhere in the world. The organization with 239 member societies in 123 countries represents more than 4 million creators from all geographic areas and all artistic repertoires, that is, music, audiovisual, drama, literature and visual arts.
ARIPO and CISAC have already started to cooperate. In November 2016, the two organizations and NORCODE collaborated to offer training to CMOs from the ARIPO Member States. The digital licensing and documentation training workshop, which was highly successful, set the tone for future collaboration including the current MOU signing.
ARIPO will be represented by its Director General, Mr. Fernando Dos Santos while CISAC will be represented by its Director General Mr. Gadi Oron. The Zimbabwe Music Rights Association (ZIMURA), will grace the signing ceremony and Mr. Oron will also have a chance to visit the ZIMURA offices.
On 9 December 2016, the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) inaugurated its new state-of-the-art headquarters building that has been designed to generate an exceptionally warm and congenial atmosphere for work.
The Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Honourable Emmerson Mnangagwa was the Guest of Honour at the ceremony. Other dignitaries and guests who witnessed the event were members of the Council of Ministers of ARIPO, Members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to Zimbabwe, heads of international and regional cooperating partners, senior government officials from Zimbabwe and the Member States, members of the Administrative Council of ARIPO and intellectual property practitioners.
The inauguration was also done concurrently with the 40th anniversary celebrations. The new headquarters building offers adequate office space, meeting rooms and modern conference facilities.
Among the members of the Council of Ministers of ARIPO who attended, was its Vice-Chairman, who is also Minister of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Liberia, Honourable Axel M. Addy.
The 40th anniversary celebrations and inauguration of the new headquarters was graced by several of ARIPO’s co-operating partners who delivered their congratulatory messages. These included; the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO), Japan Patent Office (JPO), State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of the Republic of China, Groupement National Interprofessionnel des Semences et Plants (GNIS), European Patent Office (EPO), European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), Africa University, African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) and Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI-Mexico).
ARIPO celebrates 40 years of existence (1976-2016) and Inauguration of the new ARIPO Headquarters on the 9th of December 2016.