The Fortieth Session of the Administrative Council of ARIPO has begun in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Session is scheduled to consider, from 5 – 7 December 2016, several documents on the administrative aspects of the Organization including the proposed budget and programme of activities for the year 2017, proposals to amend some of the ARIPO treaties to continually keep them in line with international trends.
Mrs. Virginia Mabhiza, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs of the Republic of Zimbabwe officially opened the 40th session. In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary applauded the council members for having taken the organization this far.
The Administrative Council session preludes other events that are coming in the week namely; the ARIPO-WIPO IP Conference and 40th Anniversary celebrations which will culminate in the inauguration of the new ARIPO headquarters building on Friday, 9 December, 2016.