Conference on geographical indications for policymakers for ARIPO countries and panel on legal framework
Geographical indications (GIs) have become one of the important key drivers for social and economic development in many countries. ARIPO has created a draft legal framework. Nevertheless, it is important for policymakers to further reinforce commitment by outlining the value GIs can have for economic development in Africa. This activity will provide ARIPO policymakers with an opportunity to share knowledge, best practices and expertise, with their counterparts from other countries. It will contribute to identifying effective and implementable policies on GIs. By targeting policymakers, it is expected that the results will be cascaded to other groups, particularly lawyers, intellectual property officials, national office personnel, local producers and associations.