The Forty-first Session of the Administrative Council of ARIPO has started in Lilongwe, Malawi. The Annual meeting being held from 20-22 November 2017 at the Bingu International Conference Centre and will discuss several documents on the administrative aspects of the Organization including the proposed budget and programme of activities for the year 2018, proposals to amend some of the ARIPO treaties to continually keep them in line with international trends.
The Malawi Solicitor General, Mrs Janet Banda, officially opened the 41st Session. In her remarks, she applauded the Council Members for the support accorded to in the past year. She noted that Africa should ensure it comes up with its own needs-based innovations for a sustainable economic growth which should also be people-centered development.
The outgoing Chairperson of the Administrative Council, Mr. Anthony Bwembya, in his remarks said that during the last 41 years, ARIPO had registered numerous and great achievements which made the Organization a recognized Intellectual Property hub in Africa. Mr Bwembya is the CEO and Registrar of the Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) in Zambia.
In his two-year tenure of office, some of the remarkable achievements was the accession of the Republic of Liberia to the Swakopmund Protocol on October 25, 2016, bringing the number of Contracting States to 7 and the completion of the construction of the new building of the ARIPO Headquarters that was inaugurated on 9 December 2016.
The ARIPO Director General, Mr Fernando dos Santos thanked the members of the Administrative Council for making time to attend the Annual meeting which showed commitment in supporting ARIPO's mandate.
The Administrative Council session preludes the Sixteenth Session of the Council of Ministers to be held from 23-24 at the same venue.