African Ministerial Conference adopts declaration on Intellectual Property

The African Ministerial conference 2015, which met in Dakar (Senegal) 3-5 November, adopted a Declaration on Intellectual Property (IP), which calls upon WIPO, in cooperation with African countries and bodies, to enhance its technical assistance aimed at inter alia “Providing legislative advice and creating an enabling legal framework for an effective and balanced use of the IP system for development by member states;” and “Supporting the development of effective collective management systems through notably excellence in transparency, accountability and governance.”

Some 50 ministers from African governments attended the conference, which was opened by the Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, the Senegal Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne and WIPO DG Francis Gurry. IFRRO’s CEO Olav Stokkmo spoke to the role of collective management and Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance in CMOs, whilst Dora Makwinja, IFRRO Board Director and Executive Director of COSOMO, the Malawian RRO, addressed the conference on CMO activities, in particular on the efficient monetizing and exploitation of content and data management by CMOs.

More on the conference in the WIPO Press communication.