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The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and the National Institute of Copyright (INDAUTOR) an agency within the Ministry of Culture of the United Mexican States signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)’s General Assemblies in Geneva on 6 October 2016. The Director General of ARIPO, Mr. Fernando dos Santos, and the Director General of INDAUTOR, Mr. Manuel Guerra Zanarro, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective Organizations.

Areas of cooperation under the MoU include:

  1. The development of joint activities to address issues of mutual interest in the field of copyright and related rights, including coordination of joint seminars and workshops;
  2. Where applicable, development and organization of specialized activities focused on relevant areas of copyright and related rights, including the establishment, strengthening and support for collective management societies;
  3. Where appropriate, undertake studies on copyright and related rights in cooperation with other national, regional and international Organizations;
  4. Strengthening capacities of copyright offices, collective management societies, and copyright and related rights at national and regional level;
  5. Provision of relevant technical information and means to support the work of the Parties, including response to requests from their members;
  6. Technical cooperation, as appropriate, on issues related to international instruments in the field of copyright and related rights, and other relevant policy documents developed or administered by the Organizations, which address matters of mutual interest; and
  7. The exchange and publication of articles by specialists from both sides in the available media.

ARIPO looks forward to implementing this MoU in order to improve the copyright and related rights status of its Member States and Africa at large.