The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) held a bilateral meeting at the ARIPO headquarters in Harare on 18 December, 2017. The meeting was convened to discuss the implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed between the two Organisations on 9 December, 2016.
The two Organizations agreed on a work plan for the year 2018 that will see:
- The harmonisation of policies, laws and strategies to promote IP development for the benefit of the COMESA and ARIPO regions
- Joint IP awareness creation and capacity building initiatives taking advantage of the existing initiatives in the form of programmes being undertaken by the ARIPO Academy and the COMESA IP Hub
- Reciprocal representation by both parties in high level meetings of policy organs and governing bodies of the respective parties.
Mr Gabriel Masuku,Deputy Legal Counsel and Intellectual Property (IP) Coordinator represented COMESA while the Director General of ARIPO Mr. Fernando dos Santos led the ARIPO team in the bilateral meeting.