The ARIPO National Roving Seminars under the theme “Fostering creativity and innovation for economic growth and development in Africa has commenced today in Zanzibar, In the United Republic of Tanzania. The two-day seminar running from 17-18 July 2017 is being held at the Golden Tulip Hotel.
This is the first leg of the series of National Roving Seminars that ARIPO is conducting in the United Republic of Tanzania this week. The second leg will be in Dar es Salaam from 20 – 21 July 2017 at the New Africa Hotel.
The Zanzibar Roving Seminar was graced by the Guest of Honour, Honourable Ambassador Amina Salum Ali, Minister of Trade, Industry and Marketing who officially opened the meeting. Mrs Joyce Banya, The Representative of the Director General of the World Intellectual property Organization (WIPO), Counsellor at the Africa Bureau, Mr. Yuji Nakayama, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Tanzania, The Principal Secretaries: Mr. Bakar Haji Bakar, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Marketing, Mr. Juma Ali Juma, Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Livestock and Fisheries, Mr. Abdulah Issa Mgongo, Representative of the Principal Secretary Presidents Office Constitution, Legal Affairs, Public Services and Good governance were also in attendance.
The Minister emphasised that “Our Government acknowledges and appreciate the friendly assistance of ARIPO and WIPO especially in the process of preparing our Intellectual Property Strategy/Policy, IP legal frameworks (the Industrial Property Act No. 4 of 2008 and its implementing regulations, the Copyright Act), development of IPAS System and the Cloves Branding Project” which is supported by the International Trading Centre (ITC).
"The Government has also established the Zanzibar Business and Property Registrations Agency (BPRA) with the mandate to administer industrial property laws in the country, the Copyright Society of Zanzibar (COSOZA) which deals with administrations of copyright issues as well as Collective Management Organisation and Plant Breeders Rights Institutions. All the three institutions are doing a good job," added Honourable Ambassador Ali.
According to the ARIPO Director General, Mr. Fernando dos Santos, "the Rovong Seminars were devised to promote the use of IP in ARIPO member states. In the last three years, the initiative has covered 15 countries benefitting more than 2,500 partcipants."
Over 71 participants are in attendance including: Cultural Musical Club, Zanzibar Writers Association, Zanzibar Film Unit (Chama cha Wasanii Waigizaji Zanzibar), Zanzibar Flavour Unit, Zanzibar Broadcasting Commission, Zanzibar Broadcasting Corporation, Zanzibar Cable TV, Zanzibar Food and Drugs Board, Kizimbani Agricultural Training Institute, Zanzibar State Trading Cooperation, Zanzibar Traditional Medicine Council, State University of Zanzibar, Karume Technical Collage, Zanzibar Agricultural Research Institute, Ministry of Agricultural Natural; Resources; Livestock and Fisheries, Zanzibar Department of Agriculture, Jumuiya ya Wakulima (JUWA), Plant Breeders Rights Unit Zanzibar, Zanzibar Technological and Business Incubator, Women’s Entrepreneurship Union (Umoja wa Wajasiriamali Wanawake), SMEs, Alsumeit University Zanzibar, Zanzibar University, Zanzibar Spice Producers, Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) Zanzibar, Tanzania Zanzibar Organic Producers (TAZOP), Tanzania Revenue Authority Zanzibar, ZENJI FM Radio, Copyright Society of Zanzibar (COSOZA), Zanzibar Business Property Registration Agency (BPRA), Ministry of Trade, Industry and Marketing, Zanzibar National Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture (ZNCCIA), Baraza la Sanna Sensa ya Filamu na Utamaduni (BASSFU), NAD Ikhwan Safaa, Zanzibar Institute of Research and Public Policy (ZIRPP), .Zanzibar Business and Academic Consultancy (ZABACCO), Zanzibar Exporter Association (ZEXA), Zanzibar Clove Producers Organization (ZACPO).