On 17 and 18 February 2022 the National Conference on Creating Legal and Institutional Framework for Geographical Indications in Nigeria was held. It was hosted by the European Union, together with the Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in Africa project, the Nigerian Trade Mark Registry under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, and the Africa International Trade & Commerce Research organisation. The event was hybrid (i.e. some participants will be available in person, others will participate online). It took place in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Nigeria is endowed with an abundant supply of products which may fall under the definition of GIs – Ijebu garri of Ijebulands, Nsukka yellow pepper, Aso Oke, to name just a few. However, none of those names has been officially registered nationally or internationally. To further advance Nigeria’s objectives in this area, a high-level technical working group of between 7 and 14 experts was formed. The objective was to:
- review existing laws and treaties;
- drive the process of establishing the GI legal system for Nigeria;
- recommend what should be done.
The outcomes of this process were presented during this conference. It brought together representatives of the Presidency, legislators, Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and policy influencers. They examined the key items the draft law on GIs proposed by the working group and raised pending issues to the relevant policy makers.
Press Release 17/02/2022 | Nigeria: National Conference on Geographical Indications