Capacity Building and Sensitization Workshop on Intellectual Property Right
17th Oct 2022 – Online
IPR is viewed as a socio-economic developmental tool that is strategic in stimulating growth of African economies. IPR is located within the trade sphere, and it dovetails with the objectives of trade. Research reveals the existence of significant innovation within MSMEs and the informal sector. However, informal businesses face barriers to leveraging the benefits of both increased intra-African trade and using intellectual property as a tool for business growth. It is against this brief background that awareness is created on IPR while there is lobbying on how governments should de-mystify IPR and have policies that encourage innovation within parameters that will protect the innovators while stimulating growth of the economies.
The workshop will assume a continental approach because the second phase of negotiations is premised on creating a set of IPR regulations that are Pan-African in outlook, targeting the following stakeholders: Policy Makers/NSA/Academia/Civil Society and NGOs, MSMEs, Small Scale Cross Border Traders, Women Owned Businesses and SMEs Chamber of Commerce.