On 8 and 9 March 2017, IFRRO’s CEO Caroline Morgan and IFRRO’s Policy Advisor Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères participated in the sixth regional RRO meeting organised by Kopinor, the Norwegian RRO, and Norcode, the Norwegian Copyright Development Association, in Gaborone, Botswana.
Photo: Heidi Wøllo
The meeting was organised by Kopinor and Norcode as a key part of their engagement in the region so that the African RROs could exchange views and learn from each other’s experiences.
The meeting gathered delegates from five CMOs: COSBOTS (Botswana), COSOMA (Malawi), URRO (Uganda), ZARRSO (Zambia) and ZimCopy (Zimbabwe), and it was opened by a welcome speech from Keitseng Nkah Monyatsi, Copyright Administrator of Botswana.
On the first day the program allowed for in-depth discussions on the situation in each country represented. On the second day, participants exchanged views on the common challenges for RROs in the region and discussed how to organise authors’ societies on the continent. Caroline Morgan gave a detailed presentation on the activities, objectives and priorities of the year for IFRRO, while Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères presented the work of the IFRRO African Development Committee.
A highlight of the meeting was the developments made in many countries, with the sense that there is now a gathering momentum towards collective licensing. All delegates acknowledged that the meeting had been a great opportunity to share experience and to learn from experts and they agreed that a further meeting should be held in the region in 2018.