The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and the Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) in cooperation with the University of Zambia (UNZA) organized an Intellectual Property (IP) Roving Seminar for Academic and Research Institutions from 12 to 13 July 2017. The Seminar was held at the InterContinental Hotel in Lusaka, Zambia. The first seminar of this kind was organized for higher education institutions in Sierra Leone from 14 to 15 June 2017.
The objective of the Seminar was to enhance Intellectual Property awareness among researchers, academics, administrators, librarians, and interested members from other Academic and Research Institutions in Zambia with a view to promoting the creation, protection and utilization of research results using intellectual property tools for economic and technological development.
The seminar was officially opened by the Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry of the Republic of Zambia, Hon. Margaret Mwanakatwe, who is also the current Chairperson of the Council of Ministers of ARIPO. In her opening statement, Hon. Mwanakatwe commended ARIPO for its Value and Growth Transformation Strategic Plan that recognises IP awareness and the building of relationships with academic and research institutions in Africa to utilise the IP system at both national and regional level. She indicated that such seminars provide a platform for sharing information, knowledge and experiences on IP-related matters which are fundamental for improving businesses.
The Seminar was attended by 17 institutions which included research and development institutions as well as academic institutions.