A delegation from the Scientific and Technological Research Council (CICTE), attended from 4th to 13th December 2017 the 57th Ordinary Session of the Administrative Council of the African Organisation for Intellectual Property (OAPI), held in Niamey, the capital of the Republic of Niger.
The CICTE President, Anacleto Olo Mibuy, head of the Equatoguinean delegation, was accompanied by Felipe Esono Ekomo, Director General for International Cooperation at CICTE, and Ramon Ndong Esono, Technical Director for Industrial Property from the same institution.
The work of the 57th Ordinary Session of the African Organisation for Intellectual Property (OAPI) began with a meeting of the commission of experts on Monday 4th, at the Hotel Sahel in Niamey, and concluded with a meeting of administrators on 11th, in the Niamey Palace of Congresses.
The opening ceremony for the work of the experts was led by Mahaman Zaki, director of the cabinet, representing the Niger Minister for Industry, acting President of the Administrative Council. The ceremony featured two speeches, one from Denis L. Bohoussou, Director General of the OAPI, and one from the representative from the ministry.
The OAPI Director General expressed recognition of the Administrative Council for having made him head of the organisation, and highlighted the satisfaction of the experts on seeing their travelling companion in the post.
He also announced the Strategic Action Plan for the Organisation (PSOAPI2018-2022) and hoped it would be approved by everyone, including experts and administrators, and urged them to take part in the construction and consolidation of a regional system for the protection if intellectual property.
He then mentioned his desire that the work of the commission of experts put forward resolutions to commit the organisation to the march towards modernisation.
Furthermore, he praised the authorities in the Republic of Niger for the measures taken in order to ensure the successful development of the work.
In the second speech, the director of the cabinet, representing the Minister for Industry from Niger, welcomed and wished the Director General of the OAPI, his delegation, and the group of experts, a pleasant stay in Niamey. He congratulated the Director General and the new team on their appointment.
He underlined the importance of intellectual property as a powerful instrument in the development of States, and invited the new team to do everything possible in order that OAPI activities are more visible within the member States of the Pan-African institution.
Finally he invited the experts to have profitable debates resulting in projects and resolutions that will facilitate the work of administrators, and he then declared open the work of the meeting of experts.
At the meeting of administrators, the CICTE President was constantly applauded for his words. The new PAPI Director General took note, and promised to intensify the construction of the documentation centres for intellectual property in each member State.
During the meeting with the administrators the OAPI Director General presented the five year strategic plan for 2018-2022.
After listening to and analysing the various points in the plan, the administrators passed it and recommended that the Director General applied it within the limits of the authorised credit for each year.
The next administrative council will take place in Dakar, in the Republic of Senegal, during the first week of the month of December 2018.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea