Intellectual Property is one of the key drivers for growth and innovation therefore strengthening IP systems is crucial to support the development of all economies.
In order to support African authorities to approximate the European standards and to integrate in the global economy, many initiatives have been put in place. Among them there is also AfrIPI, an international cooperation project funded by the European Union and co-funded by the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
The project – launched last February and lasting 4 years – will:
- Promote Intellectual Property agreements on an international level to contribute to an enhanced cooperation between EU and Africa;
- Strengthen national and regional Intellectual Property institutions, networks, and tools, to increase a user- friendly and efficient protected IP system;
- Raise awareness of Intellectual Property Rights (including Geographical Indications) in the African society for Small and Medium- sized Enterprises (SMEs);
- Implement work plan activities linked to the African Union (AU) Continental Strategy for Geographical Indications.
Visit the official webpage to discover more about AfrIPI.