Meetings in Accra discuss educational licensing

On 24 and 25 September, IFRRO, IFPI and WIPO co-organised a workshop in Accra to test the Compendium, developed by the WIPO initiative TAG (Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance).  The Compendium was developed for training, education and benchmarking purposes and had previously been sent to the RROs and international author and publisher association members of IFRRO for comments.

The meeting was hosted by the Ghanaian RRO, COPYGHANA, and the Ghanaian Intellectual Property Office (IPO).  Participants were CMO representatives from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda, including the RROs COPYGHANA, Kopiken, Repronig, Kopitan and URRO, as well as Ms. Solange Dao of the Organisation Africaine pour la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI), and representatives from IPO representatives from Ghana and Tanzania. The workshop gave full support to the TAG Compendium, and developed individual plans for each participating CMO for the enhancement of their governance structure. CMOs also requested that the initiative, as a next step, considered delivering a quality mark, which they could apply for on a voluntary basis.  Since the launch of the WIPO TAG initiative, IFRRO has been an active cooperating partner, with the IFRRO CEO chairing the Reference Group.

COPYGHANA also hosted, on 28 and 29 September, the IFRRO Africa Development Committee meeting and a seminar, which was co-organised with WIPO, OAPI and ARIPO (African Regional Intellectual Property Orgaization), and opened by the State Prosecutor Helen Ziwu. IFRRO has now RRO members in 13 African countries. The main focus was on TAG issues and RROs facilitating legal uses of copyright works in education. The meeting welcomed the contribution of Ms. Maureen Fondo of ARIPO, and noted positive development of RRO activities in several African countries, and congratulated, in particular, COPYGHANA and Kopitan on their achievements, with start up of the licensing of educational institutions, and the rapid development of ZARRSO (Zambia).